Man, 26, charged with murder in North Baltimore triple shooting

Witnesses identify alleged gunman who shot three, one fatally, in bloodied Mid-Govans home

August 02, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A 26-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree murder and 13 other crimes in a triple shooting inside a Mid-Govans home last month that left one man dead, police said Thursday.

Police say they have identified Maurice Jerome Lonon as one of two men who on July 16 entered the home in the 5500 block of Lothian Road, pulled out a handgun and began shooting.

Quinton Winder, 35, was shot in the head and later found sitting on a couch in a front room. Alfreda Ellis, 50, who was also shot in the head, was sitting on the floor, while Darnell Middleton, 28, who was shot in the face, was found in a rear alley.

All three were rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Winder was pronounced dead about 2:15 a.m. The others were expected to survive, police wrote in charging documents, though the extent of their injuries was unknown.

The morning after, a resident of the home showed a reporter the aftermath: blood pooled at the foot of a leather couch and smeared on the walls and floors of the second story, where a door was kicked off the hinges by the attackers.

Sean Lewis, 33, who identified the three shot as his godmother and friends and who said he lived in the home, said at the time: "This isn't no robbery. This was something else. This was personal."

But in charging documents, police do not disclose a motive, saying only that witnesses identified Lonon, of the 1600 block of N. Monroe St., as the shooter. After the incident, police said they believed only one of the men was targeted, and the other two people were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The second suspect remains unknown, police said.

Court records show Lonon, who is also known as Maurice Cobb, was charged in 2009 with attempted first-degree murder and related gun crimes but was found not guilty of all charges a year later. He has prior convictions on burglary and drug charges.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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