Police still looking for men wanted in triple shooting

Warrant is issued for missing brothers after Friday incident

May 15, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police continued the search yesterday for two brothers suspected of ending an argument in Severn with a triple shooting last week.

Arrest warrants were issued Saturday for Carlus Linell Johnson, 23, and his 18-year-old brother, Dedrick C. Johnson, both of 1800 block of Arwell Court in Pioneer City, on charges of attempted murder, assault and handgun violations.

Police said they believe the Johnson brothers shot three young men at close range at about 3 a.m. Friday after a verbal dispute.

Police released photographs of the men yesterday and asked that anyone with information about their location call the police. The brothers have not returned home since the shooting, which occurred near the front of their house, police said.

Reginald Lewellyn Turner, 23, who was shot in the chest, remained in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

His 16-year-old brother, Raymond Charles Turner, who was shot in the leg, remained in serious but stable condition at Shock Trauma.

The third victim, Edward Gurnel Howard, 29, was grazed with a bullet and was treated at the scene. All three victims live in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive, less than a mile from where they were shot.

Neighbors told police they heard young men yelling at each other before shots were fired, but investigators weren't sure what the fight was about, according to Lt. Joseph Jordan, a Police Department spokesman.

"We believe they were in a long-running feud," Jordan said.

Detectives were interviewing witnesses and associates about the details of the dispute. Police said they believe the suspects fled on foot after the shooting.

Officers stood guard as investigators searched the Arwell Court rowhouse Friday.

Police statistics show that Arwell Court, a neighborhood of rented rowhouses, is one of the most violent neighborhoods in Anne Arundel. Pioneer City is a state-designated high-crime "HotSpot."

Some residents say they are familiar with living in violent surroundings.

"I'm from Southeast D.C.," said Stephanie Dias, a mother of four. "I'm used to shootings."

Dias said she was surprised that she slept through the commotion Friday morning outside her front door.

Police are asking anyone with information about the suspects or the shooting to call Detective Herbert Hasenpusch at 410-222-3460. Anyone who sees the suspects are asked to call 911. Police say they are considered to be armed and dangerous.

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