Baltimore teen faces charges in shooting in Anne Arundel

December 28, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore teenager has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting and wounding of a man early Sunday morning in Pioneer City, Anne Arundel police said yesterday.

Laronte Lee Richardson, 18, of the 900 block of First St. in Baltimore also is charged with assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses. He is accused of firing several shots at a man who was walking near Pioneer Drive and Arwell Court, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas.

Police say the victim, Derrick D. Poole, 35, of Pioneer Drive was cutting through an open lot near his home about 3 a.m. when a young man wearing a dark coat and knit hat began shooting at him.

Police don't believe they knew each other.

Poole tried to flee the area and was hit once in the leg as he ran. Wounded, he stopped at a nearby house for help and was then taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released, police said.

Police apprehended no suspects during their initial search of the area, but further investigation led them to identify Richardson as the shooter, Urbas said.

Officers found Richardson several hours later inside a home on Arwell Court, along with a handgun and $2,800 worth of crack cocaine, police said. Police also have charged Richardson with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and related weapons offenses, Urbas said.

Richardson was being held without bond last night at the county detention center.

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