Three arrested in May 2011 shooting of 12-year-old boy

Three people have been arrested in a May 2011 quadruple shooting in East Baltimore that killed a 12-year-old who was sitting on a porch, watching a basketball game on television.

Police said Danyae Robinson, 29; Antwan Mosley, 21; and Derrick E. Brown, 17, have each been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder after being arrested by the warrant apprehension task force.

Charging documents shed little insight into the motive for the shooting or how police solved the case, saying only that phone records were used to corroborate statements from multiple witnesses. Prosecutors confirmed that State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein's newly formed Major Investigations Unit was involved in the case, calling it "one significant illustration of their work."

The Baltimore Sun reported last year that the victims, who were between ages 12 and 20, were all friends from the Darley Park neighborhood. On May 24, 2011, they were watching an NBA playoff game on a TV propped up in the window on the front porch in the 1700 block of Cliftview Ave.

Police said that two males came around the corner, left and then returned and began shooting, leaving Sean Johnson sprawled on the pavement and scattering his wounded friends.

Law enforcement sources said at the time that none of the victims had juvenile or adult arrests. One of them had a scholarship to go to college, according to a neighbor.

Two days later, Sean died from his injuries. In court papers, police said he was shot four times. Police recovered 16 shell casings from a .45-caliber weapon and a 9-mm handgun.

Robinson, of the 1000 block of N. Milton St., has a prior record including a conviction for attempted first-degree murder in 2000 that resulted in a prison term of 10 years. He was released, and in 2009 he was sentenced to three years in prison for drug distribution.

Mosley, of the 1300 block of Stonewood Road, and Brown, of the 1600 block of E. Federal St., had only minor drug possession charges on their criminal records, and Mosley was charged with burglary in a case that was dropped by prosecutors. Mosley was due in Circuit Court next month on drug charges.

Sean's mother, Shawnta Little, did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday after the arrests were announced. Last year she described Sean as a pleasant and protective child who loved school, his baby brother, and playing for the Lake Clifton Longhorns football team.

"I had just seen him, and said, 'All right baby, it's time to get in the house,'" Little said last year. "When I heard, I just thought, 'Why would someone shoot my baby?'"

While police worked to solve the case, the Darley Park neighborhood was again the scene of the killing of a child, when in March of this year authorities say 13-year-old Monae Turnage was accidentally shot by friends, her body concealed under garbage bags. Two juveniles have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, while a man was charged last week with reckless endangerment and other crimes after police say they linked him to the rifle used in the shooting.

The rifle was found in the personal vehicle of an Eastern District police officer, John A. Ward, who was suspended and remains under investigation, according to authorities.

Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green contributed to this article.

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