14-year-old charged in fatal shooting

Boy, 15, was shot in head during robbery on street in West Baltimore

September 17, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 14-year-old boy was arrested yesterday and charged with the fatal shooting of another teenager during a robbery Monday night on a street in West Baltimore, city police said.

The young suspect's name was withheld pending his expected appearance today before a District Court commissioner at Central Booking and Intake Center, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The victim was Christopher Richardson, 15, who ran away from his home in the 1000 block of E. Belvedere Ave. in Northeast Baltimore last month, according to police.

He was standing in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. about 10 p.m. and talking to a girl when a gunman demanded his money, witnesses told police.

A fight broke out between the two and Richardson was shot multiple times in the head with a small-caliber handgun and fell to the pavement, said Detective Michael Johnson.

Witnesses said Richardson lay dying on the pavement when the gunman robbed him of an undisclosed sum of money, according to the detective.

The boy died about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Homicide detectives arrested the suspect yesterday afternoon near his West Baltimore home. After a lengthy interview at police headquarters, he was charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, according to police - who also said the weapon had not been recovered.

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