Man charged in killing at Legion hall party

Northeast Baltimore man fatally shot, two injured


August 12, 2002|By Jackie Powder and Johnathon E. Briggs | Jackie Powder and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man was arrested early yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death Saturday night of a 38-year-old man during a party at the American Legion post on Forest Drive, police said.

Two other men were slightly wounded in the shooting. The suspect was found at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he sought treatment for a knot on his head, according to Annapolis city police.

Calvin Watkins, 22, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court was arrested at the hospital and also charged with first-degree assault and use of a handgun in commission of a felony.

Damon Michael Rhodes of the 1300 block of Limit Ave. in Northeast Baltimore was killed. Rhodes was found lying on the floor in the main hall, dead from a wound to the neck, about 11:45 p.m. by officers called to American Legion Cook-Pinkney Post 141, police said.

Injured in the shooting were James Leroy Downs, 22, of Hilltop Lane, and Sidney Reed, 31, of Frederick Douglass Street, who were treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released, police said. It does not appear that Downs, who was wounded in the left arm, and Reed, who was grazed on the right arm, were intended targets of the shooting, police said.

Watkins was being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road.

Police said no motive has been established, and the weapon was being sought yesterday.

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