Fights over bike lead to shootings

Police say man fired at acquaintance, himself

Family notes history of disputes


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 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 back to when the two 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, seeking to avenge the attack on his brother, according to Hudson's relatives. Hudson allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Joseph Queen near Liberty Circle and Whitaker Road, in a residential neighborhood near Freetown Elementary School, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman.

The shooter fled, then shot himself in the head a few blocks away near a playground in the 7800 block of Willing Court in Freetown Village, witnesses told police.

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

Johnson said she believes her son-in-law probably attempted suicide because he did not want to return to jail.

"He had some bitterness in him," she said. "He just kept saying, `I'm tired.' "

Johnson and her daughter described Hudson as an R&B singer and rapper who plays the keyboard and drums. He has performed in area clubs, Johnson said.

Darien Hudson has an 8-month-old son, also named Darien. He has two daughters from earlier relationships.

No one came to the door at the Liberty Circle address given for Joseph Queen. Calls to the home were not answered.

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