Teen fatally shot

police seek gunman

May 11, 2008|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,Sun reporter

Police were searching yesterday for a man who fatally shot an 18-year-old Friday night in Northeast Baltimore.

David Henderson was walking with a friend on the 2800 block of Hillen Road when a third man approached on a bicycle and opened fire with a handgun, hitting Henderson in the chest, police said.

He was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was declared dead at 10:20 p.m., less than an hour after the shooting.

The gunman rode off in the direction of Hugo Avenue and Harford Road, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The shooting attracted a large crowd, said Latrice Wesley, 20, who said she was a friend of the victim. She said officers who were trying to find witnesses to the shooting put her in a chokehold and detained her even though she knew nothing about the killing.

"I had eight officers on me at once," Wesley said after she was released. "I told them they were choking me. They didn't care."

Wesley said she was placed in handcuffs and leg irons and kept in a holding room at police headquarters downtown for about three hours before being released. While she was there, she said, officers insulted her and threatened to charge her with assaulting them.

"It was a lot of witnesses on the scene, and anyone can tell you I never did anything to these officers," said Wesley, who said she plans to file a complaint about the way she was treated.

"Tell her to do it," Moses said when informed of Wesley's allegations. "We don't always know who the witnesses are. Things are hard at the scene of a homicide. She was probably emotional. God bless her."

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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