Suspect, 17, held in shooting of top police official's son Youth is charged with attempted murder

February 06, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old youth has been charged as an adult with two counts of attempted murder in last month's shooting of the son of a top Baltimore police official and another man, a police spokeswoman said.

Agent Ragina Cooper, the spokeswoman, said three homicide detectives arrested Donte Franklin, 17, about 4 p.m. Tuesday near his home in the 1500 block of N. Fulton Ave. He was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center on unspecified bail, Cooper said.

Franklin is accused of shooting Brian France, 18, of North Baltimore, in the face and shoulder about 2: 30 a.m. Jan. 25 while France and another man were driving in the 1500 block of Fulton. The other man suffered a graze wound of the right leg.

France was discharged from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Tuesday and is recovering at home, said his father, police Maj. Wendell France, commander of the Eastern District.

Major France, who declined to make a statement concerning the investigation and arrest, said, "I'm staying out of the case and am just being a parent."

Detective Darryl Massey, one of the three officers who arrested Franklin, said young France and the other victim -- a witness whom they declined to name -- were driving to a West Baltimore residence to walk a friend's dog when a gunman approached the driver's side of France's Honda and began shooting.

Massey said that shortly after the incident, calls to Metro Crime Stoppers, information provided by France's companion and other sources led police to a suspect.

Massey said France's companion was with him and Detectives Bobbie Patton and David Neverdon when the suspect was spotted, walking on the street near his home.

"We walked up to him, identified ourselves and arrested him without any problem," Massey said.

Massey said that the gun used in the shooting has not been recovered and that a motive still is not known.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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