Man, 19, is fatally shot near his home Victim intervened in argument. Police charge 15-year-old.

April 14, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer Joe Nawrozki, William B. Talbott and Bruce Reid contributed to this story.

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot last night when he involved himself in an argument between three teen-agers on a street in northeast Baltimore, police said.

A 15-year-old West Baltimore resident was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying, police said. He was identified as Hamin Shakir of the 1600 block of Division St.

Police said today a second suspect, Andrew Payson, 16, of the 600 block of Yale Ave. in Irvington, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder and a handgun violation. He was being sought.

The third youth was not charged.

Homicide Detective Donald Waltmeyer said that around 9 p.m., the victim, Eric Jerome Brown, was in the 5500 block of Moravia Road and interjected himself in an argument that three teen-agers were having over a girl.

Two of the teen-agers pulled out handguns and began shooting, the detective said.

Detective Waltmeyer said Mr. Brown, of the 4900 block of Truesdale Ave., was shot twice in the left side and fell to the pavement between two parked cars.

The crew of a city Fire Department ambulance that arrived a few minutes later pronounced Mr. Brown dead.

The shooting occurred two blocks from the victim's residence. He was identified by his grandmother, who rushed to the scene when she learned her grandson had been shot, police said.

Detective Waltmeyer said several witnesses were taken to police headquarters downtown for questioning.

After an interview with detectives, young Shakir was charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, Detective Waltmeyer said.

The suspect was held without bail at the Central District lockup pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

Detective Waltmeyer said the dispute that led to the slaying had been going on for about two weeks. He said the girl on whom the argument focused was a block away when the gunfire erupted.

No weapons were recovered after the shooting, police said.

In another incident, a 22-year-old Woodlawn man was shot several times in the stomach early today outside his home.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a spokesman for Baltimore County police, said the victim, Michael McCullough of the 2800 block of Diamond Ridge Road, was in surgery at the Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Though police had no motive, neighbors told investigators they saw two men leaving the scene at about 1 a.m. in a red hatchback car.

Neighbors described the shooter as a black male in his 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a black cap, brown jacket and dark green sweat pants, police said.

Witnesses could not provide a description of the other suspect.

Sergeant Doarnberger said the victim had a male roommate who refused to talk to police.

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