Eighteen-year-old held in mall shooting

Man charged with attempted murder

November 23, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter

An 18-year-old was charged yesterday with two counts of attempted murder and ordered held without bond stemming from a shootout last weekend at an Annapolis-area mall, authorities said yesterday.

Javaughn Norman Adams of Annapolis was charged with shooting an off-duty U.S. Secret Service agent who tried to stop an assault by several men on another man in the food court at Westfield Annapolis, Anne Arundel County police said in charging documents.

In addition to attempted first- and second-degree murder, the teenager was charged with two counts of assault and a handgun violation in the mall shooting, the documents show.

Adams, charged with burglary in the alleged theft of a puppy from a residence in October, is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Starting tomorrow, Anne Arundel County police and Maryland State Police will increase patrols at Westfield Annapolis and will continue a heightened presence in the mall and the parking lots through the weekend. Security will also be increased at Annapolis High School -- the scene of several fights that apparently spilled over to the mall last weekend -- when students return Monday.

Police said Adams was with a friend when Tahzay Brown, 16, confronted the pair. Brown's associates then started a fight with Adams' friend, police said.

About 7:10 p.m., the Secret Service agent, shopping with his family, saw the altercation and intervened, police said.

Adams fired at the agent, hitting him once in the leg, police said. The agent fired seven shots, striking Adams twice in the upper body, according to police. Adams was released from the hospital Tuesday. Brown, a junior at Annapolis High, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and police are still investigating who shot him.

In September, 18 students were arrested at Annapolis High for their involvement in four different brawls that erupted shortly after the school day began. On Friday, seven students were charged after they allegedly disrupted school activities in two separate fights.

The mall altercation was a retaliatory attack for the September brawls, school officials said, and police linked the fights to rivalries among different public housing communities.

Brown has claimed an affiliation with Annapolis Gardens and Bowman Court, while Adams, an Annapolis High graduate, and his friend claim ties to the Robinwood complex, police said.

However, according to housing officials, none of the individuals lives in those communities.

Kim Bruce, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Secret Service, said the agent was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Monday afternoon. County police are reviewing the agent's actions.

No other charges have been filed in the case, and the investigation is continuing, according to Officer Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman.

nia.henderson@baltsun.com

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