Police were searching yesterday for a young man who fatally shot a 16-year-old Woodlawn High School student in a gasoline station lot near Security Square Mall late Friday night.
Erik Patrick Chestnutt, of the 3200 block of Timanus Lane, was shot, police said, as he and eight to 10 other youths tried to use a telephone to call for a ride home about 11 p.m. at an Exxon station in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue.
A youth who already was using one of the telephones -- and who had argued with the group about 10 minutes earlier -- made a comment about "trouble" and pulled out a handgun, Baltimore County police spokesman E. Jay Miller said.
As the group scattered, the assailant fired, hitting the Chestnutt youth in the upper left back.
The wounded youth ran about 400 feet in the direction of a nearby Ramada Inn and collapsed on the motel's parking lot, Mr. Miller said.
He was taken by MedEvac helicopter trip to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Investigators had no motive, Mr. Miller said.
"There were about six or seven different interviews, and [witnesses] weren't clear. They don't know," the spokesman said, adding that all police knew was that "some kind of words passed between them."
Mr. Miller said that after an initial verbal exchange with the gunman, the Chestnutt youth's group went into a McDonald's restaurant next door to the gas station but returned about 10 minutes later.
Police described the suspect as being a black male, 16 to 20 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a light to medium complexion and having a gold-topped front tooth. They said he has light brown hair, about an inch long on top and shaved close on both sides. He was wearing a black sweat shirt-type jacket with orange and white shoulders, black pants and black K-Swiss athletic shoes.
Police were told the gunman -- who they said may be known in the West Baltimore, Security and Woodlawn areas -- fled in a medium- or royal-blue Chevrolet driven by a man witnesses could not describe.
Police asked anyone with information on the shooting to call the county police at 887-2198.