Edgewood youth charged in fatal shooting of teen

The boys were allegedly partners in carjacking

October 10, 2003|By Amanda Angel and Hanah Cho | Amanda Angel and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old Edgewood youth has been charged with fatally shooting another teen during an argument over items they are accused of taking during a carjacking Wednesday in Edgewood, authorities said.

Jordan Jahsan Ebeniro, 15, of the 400 block of Winterberry Drive, Edgewood, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from a gunshot wound to his abdomen yesterday morning, according to the Harford County sheriff's office.

Andre Dwayne Roundtree Jr. has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed carjacking, said Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman. He is being held without bond in the Harford County Detention Center.

About 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Magnolia Woods Court, three men approached Dorthea H. Botts, 56, with a shotgun and took her jewelry, purse and keys to her 2003 gold Subaru Forester, Hopkins said.

A few blocks away, in the 1900 block of Brookside Drive, deputies responded to a report of a shooting about 10:15 p.m., authorities said.

There, two of the carjackers argued over how to split the loot from the carjacking, Hopkins said.

At the scene, Sgt. Kevin Shrader saw the Subaru without its lights on, Hopkins said. Shrader pursued the car until Roundtree jumped out of the moving vehicle. Roundtree and a 19-year-old passenger were taken into custody, Hopkins said.

Deputies found Ebeniro lying on a path circling Lake Serene in Edgewater, authorities said.

The 19-year-old passenger was later released and is not facing charges. Hopkins said the teen-ager was "at the wrong place at the wrong time. We are quite certain that he is not involved."

Hopkins said the 19-year-old entered the Subaru after Ebeniro was shot and has an alibi for the time of the shooting. The third carjacker remains at large.

Yesterday, as authorities continued their investigation, several residents of Magnolia Woods Court, a condominium complex off U.S. 40, said they were unaware of the carjacking.

Erma Heath, 78, said she saw police cars and heard the commotion in the parking lot Wednesday night. Heath said she has seen an increase in rowdy teen-agers as well as drug activity in the area. Nevertheless, Heath said, she feels safe.

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