DNA on an Orlando Magic cap left behind after a July shooting led Baltimore police to a suspect, the department announced Wednesday.
Police on Tuesday charged Omar McGee, 25, of the 200 block of Caraway Road, with first-degree murder in the July 4 fatal shooting of Matthew Drake.
Drake was shot several times in the upper torso in the 3200 block of Chelsea Terrace in Forest Park. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police found a blue and black Orlando baseball cap at the scene. DNA from the cap matched McGee's, police said. A witness to the shooting also picked McGee as the shooter in a photo array.
Police previously said that Drake is the cousin of Michael Mayfield — the 17-year-old standout teen who was weeks from graduating from Edmondson-Westside High School. Friends of Mayfield, who was Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. member and peer mediator, said they did not know why anyone would want to harm the teen. Mayfield was shot in the head in a minivan in the 2300 block of Lyndhurst Ave. in April.
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said in June that Mayfield's killing may have been a case of mistaken identity. Police have not yet made any arrests in Mayfield's killing.
McGee is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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