Man held in fatal shooting at basketball court WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

April 09, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A former basketball player for Meade High School was ordered held on $20,000 bail yesterday after being charged with fatally shooting another man during an argument at a basketball court.

Raymond Russell Sommerville, 20, of the 8600 block of Pioneer Drive played guard for the school during the 1990-1991 season, his senior year.

He was charged Wednesday night with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Robert Lee Hall Jr., 21, of the 1800 block of Richfield Drive in Severn. It was Anne Arundel County's third homicide this year.

Sgt. Robert Jaschik, head of the homicide unit, said Mr. Sommerville and Mr. Lee were on basketball courts behind town houses in the 1800 block of Richfield Drive, near Pioneer City, around 8 p.m.

At some point, the two got into a heated confrontation. "It went from a verbal argument to a pushing and shoving match and then to an all-out brawl," Sergeant Jaschik said. "And then one guy shot the other."

Police last night said they still are investigating the nature of the altercation and do not even know if the two were playing in a game.

Sergeant Jaschik said there were "quite a few people standing ** around" when the shooting took place, and many are still being questioned.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Hall was walking away from the suspect when the shot was fired from about 75 feet away.

Sergeant Jaschik said the handgun has not been found.

He declined to say what caliber bullet was used.

Police arrived at the playground shortly before 8 p.m., responding at first to calls of a fight and then to complaints of shots being fired.

They found Mr. Hall's body lying on the ground.

Mr. Sommerville walked into the court commissioner's office on Taylor Avenue in Annapolis about 9:50 p.m. and surrendered to a state trooper, police said.

Charging documents filed in District Court yesterday said Mr. Sommerville told Trooper Richard Schelfe that "he was in a fight, he got a gun, he fired the gun and then he chucked it."

Mr. Sommerville helped the Meade basketball team to an 18-6 record in 1991.

His head coach at the time, Butch Young, described him as "a hard worker and player."

A man who answered the phone at Mr. Sommerville's home last night refused to comment.

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