Teen charged with shooting 11-year-old

October 17, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A teen-ager was arrested and charged yesterday with attempted murder in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy who was playing football in the front yard of a Northeast Baltimore apartment complex in August.

Detectives arrested Earl L. Rich, 17, while he was lying on his couch about 6 a.m. in the living room of his home in the 1600 block of E. Belvedere Ave. in Baltimore.

Rich was being processed last night on adult charges at the city jail.

Sgt. Deirtra Pitts of the Northeastern District said a witness implicated Rich in the shooting, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Quincy Lewis, his brother and friends were playing football in the 1800 block of Ramblewood Road when a car approached, police said.

Shots were fired from the car's passenger window and the boys dove to the ground, but a bullet struck Quincy in the back.

He was not the intended target of the shooting, police said.

Quincy was released from the hospital about a week after the incident, said his grandmother, Annie Brown, 69. The boy has had no long-term problems from the shooting, she said, and was playing outdoors yesterday afternoon.

Brown said she and Quincy did not know Rich, who lived three blocks from their home.

"That's a shock to us," Brown said. "He was right here in the neighborhood."

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