Man charged with murder in shooting of city girl, 13

Police arrest suspect after a 4-hour house barricade

alleged partner died in July

February 23, 2000|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police have arrested a man in last summer's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet near her Southwest Baltimore rowhouse moments after she bought a 25-cent cup of ice on a humid July night.

Lewis Jermichael White, 24, of the 12900 block of Gent Road, Reisterstown, was arrested Saturday morning after he barricaded himself inside a Northwest Baltimore house for nearly four hours, according to police. He was being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center yesterday without bail.

Court documents filed yesterday show that a second suspect in the July 21 shooting of Shenea Counts was killed in an unrelated shooting three days later. The body of Tyrone Blackwell, 21, was discovered July 24 in a park near Harlem Park Middle School.

White was arrested Saturday morning in the 3500 block of Powhatan Ave. after police received a tip.

White has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two handgun violations. He also is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of a man who police said was the intended target when Counts was shot.

The Counts shooting at South Bentalou and Ashton streets occurred a week after a Park Heights pastor, the Rev. Junior Gamble, 73, was killed in a robbery outside his home. The two crimes drew attention to the city's high number of homicides, which reached 308 last year. No arrests have been made in Gamble's killing.

Counts was shot about 12: 30 a.m. as she walked back to her house in Carrollton Ridge with a cup of ice she had bought at Rosie's corner bar. Police said the target of the attack, Michael Clemons, 21, had just walked out of the bar.

Clemons was struck in the right leg and buttock as he tried to jump into a friend's pickup truck. A stray .45-caliber bullet hit Counts in the chest.

Court documents say that the shooting was the result of a robbery, and that Clemons resisted by punching one of the gunmen.

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