Severn teenager charged in fatal shooting

August 24, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Severn youth was arrested yesterday after he admitted to fatally shooting a Glen Burnie teenager Friday night and firing at a woman getting into a car that was carrying her two young daughters, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police charged Anthony Deyonko Switzer, 16, of the 7900 block of Beach Plum Lane in Severn with murder and attempted murder yesterday. He was being held without bail and was scheduled to appear in court at a bail hearing today.

The victim, identified as Doray Delonte Jones, 18, of the 400 block of Elwell Court in Glen Burnie, was found at 10:24 p.m. Friday with a gunshot wound to the upper body in a car on Carriage Drive near Gallop Way, behind Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn.

FOR THE RECORD - An article Tuesday suggested that a fatal shooting Friday night occurred directly behind Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn. The shooting took place about two blocks from school grounds but about one-third of a mile from the school building.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Police said they think Jones was shot about an hour earlier and that they are unsure whether it was a random or targeted shooting.

While police were investigating that homicide, another shooting was reported a few blocks away in the 7900 block of Heather Mist Drive. A woman told police that someone shot at her as she was getting into her car. The bullet struck her vehicle, missing her two 9-year-old daughters in the car and their grandmother, who was also getting into the car, police said. Police said Switzer confessed to that shooting and to killing Jones.

During their investigation, police said, a teenager who is a friend of the 16-year-old suspect confessed to a shooting in April.

Police said Terry Cooks Jr., 18, of the 7700 block of West Evanston Court in Severn made the statement while being questioned about Jones' death.

"We identified him as a possible suspect in this one that just occurred and that is when he admitted doing the shooting on April 7," said Lt. Joseph Jordan of the Anne Arundel police.

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