Youth shot near home teen held

March 03, 1995|By Ed Heard and Alisa Samuels | Ed Heard and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writers

A 17-year-old Columbia youth was shot outside his home yesterday afternoon, Howard County police said.

The wounded youth, whose name was not provided because of his age, was listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night.

Derrick A. Hayes, 18, of the 3800 block of Cedar Drive in Baltimore County, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with intent to murder.

Mr. Hayes -- who is unemployed man but who formerly worked as a fabric store clerk -- was held overnight at the county detention center after being denied bail. He will have a bail review hearing today before a District Court judge, a court commissioner said last night.

Police say the details of yesterday's shooting are sketchy. Many neighbors arriving home from work yesterday said they had not heard of the shooting, but were frightened that it occurred in the Clary's Forest neighborhood, a community they referred to as quiet.

Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman, said Mr. Hayes confronted the youth and about five of his friends as they got off a school bus in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village about 2:15 p.m.

The youth stopped to talk with Mr. Hayes in the 11600 block of Little Patuxent Parkway. Seconds later, police said, Mr. Hayes fired a shot at the youth, who stood just a few feet away. The shot missed, and the gunman drove away when the youth fled, Sergeant Keller said.

Minutes later, when the youth arrived at his apartment building in the Poplar Glen complex a block away, a gunman who was waiting nearby fired and struck the youth in the upper torso, Sergeant Keller said. The gunman then drove away, he said.

The police spokesman said he was not sure whether the youth, a Wilde Lake High School student, or a neighbor called 911.

Emergency workers treated the youth, who was transported to Shock Trauma in downtown Baltimore, police said.

Officers responding to the shooting stopped a gold-colored Saturn about five minutes away from the scene, at Governor Warfield Parkway near Twin Rivers Road in Columbia's Wilde Lake village. Police found a .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the vehicle.

Last week, a Howard County report showed a 23 percent increase in juvenile arrests for serious crimes in 1994 over 1993.

The last shooting involving teens in Columbia was in August 1993, when police say 15-year-old Raheem Ameen Jones shot 19-year-old Christopher Graham in an argument over a dog in Columbia's Wilde Lake village. Mr. Jones is to stand trial as an adult on attempted murder charges May 24.

Last year, Howard County police arrested 53 juveniles for serious assaults.

Weapons violations among all age groups rose by 74 percent, from 95 cases in 1993 to 165 in 1994, according to police records.

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