Altercations over bike lead to attempted murder-suicide

Pasadena man near death after shootings, police say

July 02, 2004|By Liz F. Kay and Laura Loh | Liz F. Kay and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF

A series of arguments prompted by a stolen bicycle apparently led to an attempted murder-suicide Wednesday night that left two Pasadena men hospitalized yesterday, Anne Arundel County police and a victim's relatives said.

Darien Lateef Hudson, 25, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where police officials said Wednesday he was brain-dead. Anne Arundel County police said Hudson shot himself once in the head after fleeing the scene of a shooting just outside Freetown Village.

Earlier Wednesday evening, police found Joseph Francis Queen, 27, with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was in stable condition yesterday at the same hospital, according to police.

The confrontation between the men was sparked by an earlier altercation between Hudson and Queen's brother, Arnell, 25, police and Hudson's relatives said.

Hudson and Arnell Queen had a history of disputes dating to when they served jail sentences together, said Tuwina Johnson, Hudson's mother-in-law.

Husdon's wife, Tycarra, said that on Wednesday Arnell Queen laughed when a neighbor hit Hudson after accusing him of stealing a bicycle. Darien Hudson then fought with Arnell Queen. Hours later, Joseph Queen confronted Darien Hudson, according to Hudson's relatives. Hudson allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Joseph Queen near Liberty Circle and Whitaker Road, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman.

The shooter fled, then shot himself in the head a few blocks away, witnesses told police.

Wednesday night, police mistakenly reported that Hudson had died. Police said hospital officials later confirmed he was brain-dead.

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