Teen-ager held in shooting Essex teen charged with shooting boy, 4.


A 16-year-old Essex boy has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in the shooting last weekend of a 4-year-old boy in his family's dining room, city police said.

City homicide detectives and Baltimore County police arrested Alfonso Jones Wednesday at his home in the first block of Skipjack Court, said Dennis Hill, a Baltimore police spokesman. Jones also was charged with attempted first-degree murder and a handgun violation, Hill said.

Jones was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center without bail pending a bail review hearing today.

The victim, Quantae Maurice Johnson, was shot in the head from the street as he stood inside his grandmother's home in the 600 block of N. Castle St. in East Baltimore Saturday night.

The bullet lodged under his scalp.

Quantae was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital's Children's Center, where he is listed in stable condition. He was in the intensive care unit for three days but now is in a children's ward, said his mother, Carmelita Allen.

"He's doing fine," she said.

Because doctors were concerned about the possible swelling of Quantae's brain, they monitored his condition before releasing him from intensive care.

Allen said she was glad someone has been arrested in the shooting.

Jones was charged after neighborhood residents provided police information, Hill said.

Police and residents said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between a 17-year-old boy who lives next door to Quantae's grandmother and teen-agers on Jefferson Street. The gunman apparently fired at the wrong house, police said.

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