Teen 2nd to die of wounds from shooting Police say they know of no suspects, motive in Homewood Ave. slayings

March 25, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old boy has become the second fatality in a shooting last week in which a gunman repeatedly fired on a car on Homewood Avenue.

"My grandson was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Martha Foster, 56. "We thought he was at home. But now he's gone. Oh God."

Ricco Peterson, 15, who lived in Northeast Baltimore, was shot several times in the head as he sat in the front seat of a light blue Honda Civic. He died Thursday at 3: 20 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, on his mother's 35th birthday.

The driver, Richard Satterfield Jr., 26, of the 2300 block of Homewood Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. His 5-year-old son, Tavon, was injured by glass fragments and was released Thursday from the children's center.

Police said last week that young Peterson was Mr. Satterfield's nephew, but relatives said the two are not related.

Investigators would not release any details of their investigation. Detective Sean Harrison of the homicide unit said he knew "absolutely nothing" about suspects or a motive.

Police said Mr. Satterfield had just pulled away from his home when someone with a semiautomatic weapon or more than one person fired dozens of times through the windows and doors of the car.

Ms. Foster of Northeast Baltimore said that the family does not know the Satterfields. "And we don't want to know anything. We know nothing about those people," she said. "That's not going to bring my child back."

Ricco Peterson or Ricky, as he was called was a ninth-grader at Community Christian Academy in East Baltimore and had won several trophies for football.

"He wasn't just a good kid. He wasn't your average 15-year-old kid. He was a very jovial young man, a very well-respected young man," said Dana Carter, his aunt, who lives in Randallstown.

Satterfield was convicted in August in Circuit Court on a drug charge and was free on $100,000 bail awaiting sentencing. A court hearing scheduled for the morning he was killed had been postponed.

His lawyer, John Thompson, said he didn't know if the slaying was related to the court case.

"It's possible it could have been related to his problems," Mr. Thompson said. "But I'm sort of in the dark, too."

Pub Date: 3/25/96

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