2 shooting suspects held without bail

They are among four charged in incident at Randallstown school

May 12, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz and Sara Neufeld | Julie Bykowicz and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

The man accused of driving the getaway car in the shootings that left four Randallstown students injured was denied bail yesterday, while another man accused of firing shots waived his right to a bail-review hearing.

A Baltimore County District judge ordered that 21-year-old Antonio R. Jackson, who is accused of driving the black BMW that police recovered in Pikesville shortly after the shooting, continue to be held without bail.

Tyrone D. Brown, 23, known as "Fat Boy" and accused of being one of two triggermen, did not appear in court. He will continue to be held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Jackson, Brown and two other suspects are all charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Also, yesterday, the Baltimore County school system announced that it will hold a meeting for parents and guardians of Randallstown High students to discuss the shooting at 6 p.m. May 19 at the school.

Two students remained at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday. The most seriously wounded, William Thomas, was in critical condition, being treated for gunshot wounds to the neck, back and lung. Another student, Andre Mellerson, was in fair condition at the hospital.

Students Marcus McLain and Alex Brown were treated at area hospitals and have been released.

Also charged in the shootings are: Randallstown High School student Matthew T. McCullough, 17, and Randallstown alumnus Ronald P. Johnson, 20.

Police have taken statements from at least 25 witnesses, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman. Tips from the community helped police identify and locate some of the suspects and a handgun believed used in the shooting.

Police have "ballistically connected" a gun found Monday morning near the school to evidence at the shooting scene, Vinson said yesterday. Police have said they believe that Jackson brought it to the school, but they would not say who owned the gun.

Jackson graduated recently from Owings Mills High School and is living on Enchanted Hills Road in Owings Mills, said his lawyer, Lawrence B. Rosenberg. Jackson has a 2-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son, Rosenberg said.

Jackson is on unsupervised probation for marijuana possession, according to testimony at his bail review yesterday.

Tyrone Brown is on probation from a conviction last year for disorderly conduct, said Marty Burns, spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office. He is scheduled for trial June 3 on two felony drug charges stemming from an arrest in March of last year in Baltimore, Burns said.

Brown has also been arrested on charges of theft, attempted first-degree murder, a handgun violation, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and robbery, records show. The attempted murder charge, along with most of the other charges, was not prosecuted because witnesses did not appear in court, Burns said.

Johnson was charged last year with marijuana possession but was not prosecuted, according to court records. McCullough is on probation from juvenile charges of drug possession and attempted drug distribution, a Baltimore County state's attorney said during his bail review Monday.

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