A suspect sought by authorities in connection with a triple shooting on Memorial Day that claimed the life of an Eastport man surrendered yesterday to Annapolis police.
Quinton T. Jones, 20, was charged with murder and other offenses in an arrest warrant issued Friday in the death of Clarence Edward Brown and the shooting of two others - a crime that police said was being investigated as an act of revenge for the beating of the suspect's brother.
Authorities said Jones, a resident of the 4100 block of Hague Ave. in Baltimore, consulted with Annapolis lawyer Daryl D. Jones before turning himself in about 1 p.m. In addition to first-degree murder, he was charged with two counts of attempted murder and related weapons offenses.
"They have the wrong person," the lawyer said later in the day, explaining that he had advised his client to turn himself in rather than be taken into custody by police, who might consider his client armed and dangerous.
Jones was being held at the county detention center on Jennifer Road yesterday.
Brown, 40, of the 1400 block of Tyler Ave., was shot in the head about 9:30 p.m. May 28 near the swimming pool of the Harbour House public housing complex, police said.
Wounded in the attack were Dewayne Mason, 22, of the 1100 block of Madison St. in Annapolis, who was shot in the right shoulder; and Thomas Lee Gross, 18, of Sunderland in Calvert County, who was hit in the shoulder and leg. Both men have been released from area hospitals.
Police said Mason told investigators that he was walking toward Eastport Shopping Center with Brown and Gross when he heard a man yelling and then heard gunfire.
Detectives are investigating whether the shooting was an act of revenge for the May 27 beating of a brother of Jones. The brother was released Thursday from Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
"We're looking into the fight as a possible motive," said Detective Sgt. Greg Kirchner.
The homicide was the second this year in Annapolis. The first also occurred in Eastport.
On April 7, Justen Jeremiah Johnson, 17, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the killing of a 58-year-old neighbor who lived a few doors from him in Eastport Terrace. The teen-ager was placed under house arrest to allow him to finish high school.