A Baltimore man was charged yesterday in a May 21 slaying linked to a teen-age drug ring.
Police said the victim, fatally shot while riding a bicycle, had been accused of stealing $50 worth of crack cocaine by a leader of the drug ring.
Charged with murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony was Heyward Hannah, 23, of the 1900 block of Rutland Ave.
Homicide Detective Gene Constantine said Mr. Hannah turned himself in at police headquarters about 8 a.m. yesterday after hearing that detectives were looking for him.
The victim, 22-year-old Patrick K. Douglas, was shot in the bac as he rode his bicycle in the 1800 block of N. Durham St.
After Mr. Douglas, wounded, fell off his bike, the gunman shot himthree more times in front of about 20 people, Detective Constantine said.
Accused of actually firing the shots is Lamont "Pee Wee" Waller, 22, of the 1900 block of E. Lanvale Ave. He was arrested Friday.
The suspects apparently believed that Mr. Douglas had stolen the bike and a small mount of crack cocaine from a teen-ager who supposedly worked for Mr. Waller, police said.
Mr. Hannah is believed to have been present at the shooting and to have "rented" Mr. Waller his gun, Detective Constantine said.
Several juveniles, aged from 13 to 17, were selling drugs as part of a neighborhood drug operation around Oliver Street and Rutland Avenue, police said.
Among those who witnessed the shooting were several children, including an 8-year-old boy who was less than 10 feet away when Mr. Douglas was hit by the first bullet.