15-year-old West Baltimore youth surrenders in shootings

August 26, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

A West Baltimore youth surrendered to police yesterday morning, hours after he was identified as the suspect in the shootings of a 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old girl who was hit by an apparent stray bullet.

Varion Romeo Simms, 15, of the 2200 block of Roslyn Ave. was charged as an adult with two counts of attempted murder and handgun violations. He was awaiting a bail hearing in front of a District Court commissioner last night.

The youth is charged with shooting Jacquette Bianca Dennis, who was wounded in the left side of her head as she played in front of a social club in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Ave. late Tuesday.

Also injured in the shooting was Ronald Alexander, 21, of the 300 block of S. Dallas Court in Southeast Baltimore. He was shot once in back of his thigh and was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital.

Police decline to provide details about the shootings. But a neighborhood resident, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said she saw someone chase Mr. Alexander and shoot as he ran by several people.

Police said the Simms youth walked into the Northwestern police station about 8 a.m. His name had been widely reported #F Wednesday night on television and in yesterday morning's newspapers.

About 12:30 p.m., police drove him to the Western District station for booking. Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said homicide detectives have not established a motive for the shootings, which occurred about 10:55 p.m.

Officer Harper said police recovered a Toyota Camry that may have been used in the attack but have not found a weapon.

Meanwhile, Jacquette's condition remained unchanged at Hopkins yesterday. A hospital spokeswoman, Debbie Bangledorf, said the girl still suffered seizures. She was in critical, but stable condition.

The bullet, which is lodged in Jacquette's brain, has not been removed. Ms. Bangledorf said doctors have no immediate plans to operate.

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