Man, 19, is sought in slaying of student

April 11, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

A 19-year-old man was charged in a warrant yesterday with fatally shooting a Morgan State University sophomore and wounding five others early Sunday in an attack outside a Greenmount Avenue nightclub.

Corey Brown of the 1100 block of Barclay St. was charged with one count of first-degree murder and five counts of assault with intent to murder in the shooting that began as a dispute inside the club. He was being sought last night.

Police said they went to the suspect's rowhouse -- a block and a half from Volcano's nightclub -- but that he wasn't there.

Killed in the spray of bullets fired from a semiautomatic handgun in the 1000 block of Greenmount Ave., near the Maryland Penitentiary, was Corey A. Edwards, 19, of Rochester, N.Y.

Two of Mr. Edwards' friends, who were visiting from New York, were injured. Jamal Kebe, 25, was in critical condition at Hopkins with wounds to his head, chest, arms and buttocks. Kenneth C. Scriven, 18, was hit in the leg and was in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Another friend of the slain student, who also attends Morgan State, escaped into the side door of the nightclub and was not injured. Three other people, described by police as bystanders, were slightly injured and were in good condition or released from area hospitals.

It is the second time in 10 months that gunfire has erupted outside Volcano's nightclub, which neighbors said has been a source of trouble in the Johnson Square community. In July, eight people were wounded outside the club when two gunmen opened fire on a crowd with large-caliber weapons just after closing.

Aaron L. Stansbury, executive secretary of the city's Board of Liquor License Commissioners, said Volcano's has no record of violations. It is not illegal for someone under 21 to be inside a bar; it is illegal for them to drink alcohol.

"There really has not been any liquor violations inside the premise that we are aware of," Mr. Stansbury said, adding that security guards may have kept the casualty count down by ejecting the two arguing groups through separate doors.

"They were doing what a good manager should do: keeping peace," Mr. Stansbury said. "The problem is that these type of incidents spill out into the community."

By yesterday afternoon, police had put together a more complete picture of the shooting, which occurred about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Detective Oscar Requer of the homicide unit said Mr. Edwards and his friends were inside the nightclub when the suspect and another man tried to take a photograph of a woman, whom Mr. Edwards knew. The woman refused, and both groups started arguing.

Nightclub security ejected both groups from the bar, sending Mr. Edwards and his friends out the Dane Street alley exit and steering the two other men out the Greenmount Avenue door.

Police said a man waited for the men to walk up the alley and then shot 16 times into a crowd.

Mr. Brown is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has a medium complexion and gold front teeth. His hair is short. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a floral design, blue jeans and a brown jacket.

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