Man, 24, charged with fatally shooting teen

May 17, 1998

A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder yesterday after an early morning shooting in Northeast Baltimore that claimed the life of an 18-year-old, city police reported.

Witnesses told police that a man on a dirt bike began shooting at a group of teen-agers after an exchange of words at about 2 a.m. in the 2700 block of Hugo Ave.

Derrick Littleton, 18, of the 2700 block of Tivoly Ave. was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later during emergency surgery for wounds of the arm and chest, police said.

The suspect, identified as Michael Talbert, who had addresses in the 1600 block of Orlando Road in Loch Raven Heights and the 3000 block of Southern Ave. in Baltimore, was arrested by uniformed officers a few blocks from the shooting scene, police said.

He was being held without bail at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center.

Detectives said they had not determined what prompted the shooting. Police said a check of records on the dirt bike indicated that it had been stolen.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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