Boy, 17, sought in fatal shooting

Mortally wounded driver crashed car into tree outside Annapolis

April 23, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old has been identified as the suspect in a fatal shooting early Sunday that ended in a car crash on Admiral Drive just outside Annapolis, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police said they were searching last night for Ervin Demontray Montague, who has no fixed address but frequents Meade Village, near Fort Meade, and Bowman Court in Annapolis. A warrant for his arrest charges him with first- and second-degree murder.

The homicide - the county's fifth this year - occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in a light-blue, two-door Oldsmobile that had been traveling west in the 600 block of Admiral Drive, an area lined by suburban apartments and condominiums.

The Oldsmobile suddenly crossed the center line and smashed into a tree on the left side of the road, police said. The absence of skid marks suggests that the driver, Aaron Kirk Howard, 33, did not try to apply his brakes.

When police arrived, they found Howard in the driver's seat, dead of a single gunshot wound, authorities said. Witnesses told detectives that they saw two men flee the vehicle after it crashed, police said.

Yesterday, police said one witness identified Montague as the shooter, which they said is consistent with evidence found in the crashed car and other circumstantial evidence.

Police have described Howard and Montague as associates but said no motive for the killing has been established.

Montague does not have an adult criminal record. Howard was on probation for a malicious destruction of property case that involved Ronda K. Brown, the mother of his children.

Howard lived in Crofton with his mother, Louise Howard, who said her son was a truck driver and the father of two girls, ages 6 and 7.

"He was my only child, and he was taken away from me," she said yesterday. "Now I have no more children."

Louise Howard said she and other relatives have no idea why Aaron Howard was killed.

Although witnesses told police they saw two men run from the vehicle, police said there is only one suspect at this point. They would not give further details.

Montague is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the criminal investigation tip line at 410-923-4543.

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