Housing complex had banned Harper's Choice shooting suspect

September 25, 1998|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

The 18-year-old man charged with attempted murder in the second of two weekend shootings in Columbia's Harper's Choice Village was banned last spring from visiting a subsidized housing complex near the village center, where he was subsequently arrested on a trespassing charge.

Robert Joseph Manning, who was arrested by Howard County police Tuesday night in the shooting of Columbia resident John Gordon Jackson, 38, was banned April 29 by the management of Abbott House from returning to the 100-unit high-rise in the 5400 block of Cedar Lane for a number of alleged infractions.

Visits said to continue

But Abbott House said Manning continued to visit the complex to see the child's teen-age mother, Shanae Griffiths, who lives there with their 8-month-old daughter, Shaquelle; Shanae's mother, Margaret; and her younger brother, Herman.

Manning, whose recent address was in the 5100 block of Dickey Hill Road in Baltimore, was arrested by county police July 27 and charged with trespassing at Abbott House. According to an incident report July 26 filed by Abbott House security, Griffiths let Manning into the building.

Manning, who is in jail, is scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday on the trespassing charge.

Abbott House management has since told the Griffiths to vacate the property by Wednesday, or face eviction.

Suspect baby-sat

Griffiths said yesterday that Manning visited her apartment to baby-sit for their daughter. She said she and Manning "were just playing" this month when witnesses reported an alleged domestic incident between her and Manning. No charges have been filed in that incident.

In the shooting of Jackson, which occurred early Monday outside the Fall River Terrace apartment complex in the 5500 block of Harpers Farm Road, Manning faces six felony charges, including attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Manning's bail was set yesterday at $150,000, and he remained in custody at the Howard County Detention Center. Jackson was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police seek another

Police are searching for suspects in another Harper's Choice shooting, which occurred early Sunday in the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road, a block-and-a-half from where Jackson was shot.

The 17-year-old victim, also a Harper's Choice resident, remains in stable condition at Shock Trauma.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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