A Pimlico teen-ager has been charged with attempted murder in a gunbattle between drug dealers Saturday that left a 9-year-old boy wounded in the cross-fire, Baltimore police reported.
Reginald Jones, 17, of the 5300 block of Maple Ave., was arrested Wednesday at his girlfriend's home in West Baltimore, where police confiscated a city Police Department bullet-resistant vest, a Tec-9 semiautomatic pistol, and 9 mm, .380- and .44-caliber ammunition, police said.
Police said they are uncertain how the Jones youth -- who has been charged as an adult -- was able to obtain a police-issued bullet-resistant vest and are checking to see if it had been stolen.
Investigators said the youth is responsible for firing the bullet Saturday night that struck 9-year-old Devin Marshall of the 2500 block of Boarman Ave.
Devin was playing football in front of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, just around the corner from his home, when a brown Hyundai pulled up in the 4300 block of Pimlico Road.
One man got out and started shooting at the occupants inside the car. The men inside returned fire as the man ran away, past the Devin and other children. A bullet passed through Devin's right leg, and he was treated and released at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Police said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing argument over drug turf between the Jones youth and another teen-ager. The teens are believed to have been involved in two other recent shootings -- in the 5300 block of Maple Ave. and the 3300 block of Avondale Ave. -- in which they fired at each other and missed, police said.
The Jones youth was charged with two counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, assault and numerous handgun violations in connection with the shootings, police said.
He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after investigators found numerous glassine bags and a digital scale inside a safe he stored at his girlfriend's home, police said. He was being held at the Northwestern District last night on $250,000 bond.