15-year-old charged as adult in shooting of Town Center teen-ager

August 18, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 15-year-old Columbia youth was charged as an adult yesterday in the shooting of another Columbia teen-ager at a Town Center apartment development Tuesday night, after the victim allegedly kicked the youth's dog.

Police said that the incident took place shortly before 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, as two teen-agers stood in front of an apartment building in the 5300 block of Brook Way. One allegedly kicked the other's dog, police said, and the two teen-agers got into an argument.

Witnesses called 911.

One teen-ager left and came back minutes later with another young man.

Both were armed and brandished their guns at the victim while continuing to argue, according to charging documents.

Onlookers tried to break up the argument when one teen-ager shot Christopher Graham, 19, of the 5300 block of Brook Way, in the knee.

As the victim struggled with the man, another man shot him in the back, police said.

One man fled into his nearby apartment, and the other ran from the scene, police said.

When police arrived, they found Mr. Graham lying in the stairwell of an apartment building. He was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Shock Trauma for treatment.

The victim was listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday, a hospital spokesman said.

Witnesses and the victim directed officers to an apartment into which they said one of the suspects had run.

Officers asked the apartment's other occupants to leave, and a teen-ager came out crying.

Two handguns used in the assault have not been recovered, Sergeant Keller said. Four shell casings, which police say are typically released by semiautomatic weapons, were found at the scene, but police refused to name the type of weapon used.

Raheem Ameen Jones, 15, also of the 5300 block of Brook Way, was charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, and use of a handgun.

The youth was taken to police headquarters in Ellicott City Tuesday night, and charged early yesterday.

Mr. Jones was released on $5,000 bond at a Howard County District Court bond review after initially being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup.

Howard District Judge R. Russell Sadler reduced the bond after the youth's attorney, Baltimore lawyer Larry Gibson, argued that an adult jail could not accommodate his client and that the youth had no prior criminal history.

Police are looking for a second suspect in the shooting, who was last seen running through Hannibal Grove Apartments, where the incident occurred, said spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller.

They had made no arrest as of late yesterday afternoon.

Sergeant Keller said investigators are unsure whether the victim and the assailants were friends or acquaintances. Police do not know why the dog was kicked, he said.

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