Anne Arundel County police filed first-degree murder charges Monday against a Gambrills man they say fatally shot an Odenton man on Dec. 10, two months after the men had been involved in an altercation.
Law enforcement officials announced the charges Monday afternoon during a news conference before about two dozen residents in the Chapelgate community in Odenton, just a few blocks from where they say Shar-Ron Charles Mason, 19, was fatally shot in his home.
Police said their six-month investigation revealed that Mason had been involved in an altercation in October with Bashunn Christopher Phillips, 20, of Gambrills. The two men knew each other, police said.
The altercation led to assault charges against Phillips, police said. The case was slated to go trial within weeks after the shooting, they added.
Phillips has been charged with four counts, including first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony. Police also charged his brother, Tymaine Kenard Phillips, 17, of Gambrills, as an adult with being an accessory after the fact and with carrying a handgun.
Police said they took Tymaine Phillips into custody without incident in Gambrills on Friday afternoon, while Bashunn Phillips was served a warrant at Anne Arundel County Ordnance Road Detention Center in Glen Burnie, where he was incarcerated on unrelated weapons offenses.
"This case is still unfolding, but we know enough about this case to share with you that Sha-Ron Mason was scheduled to testify as a witness for the state in a pending assault case," said Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis. "The victim was silenced. The community has been silenced."
Among those on hand at the news conference were Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess and Mason's grandfather, Charles Brown, 63, who said he and his wife Gail, who died in April, raised Mason.
"He was just getting a chance to live his life. He had just started," Brown said. "He had just gotten two [athletic] scholarships, one to Coppin State and one to George Mason. [His death] took a toll on my wife, so she passed in April. I've lost my whole family in six months, and that's been hard to live with."
The case was the second violent incident to occur in the Chapelgate community in the last 10 months, said Capt. Herb Hasenpusch, commander of the criminal investigations division.
In September, shots were fired at a home on Cadbury Drive in Odenton, leaving a child inside the home with wounds from shattered glass, said Hasenpusch, adding that police are still seeking information about that incident.
Andy Anderson, 78, who resides in the community, said that the violence has "stirred the community. It takes a whole community to do it. One person can't do it and shouldn't be asked to do it."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun