County police charged a 20-year-old Severn man yesterday with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the shooting death of a Meade Village man.
Charles David Hicks of the 1800 block of Eagle Court, several blocks south of Meade Village, was charged in the death of Carlos Omar Brown, 18, of the 1600 block of Meade Village Circle. Mr. Hicks was being held at the Western District station last night, awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner.
Mr. Brown was shot several times as he walked with a friend near his home about 12:45 a.m. yesterday in the Meade Village public housing complex and died at the scene.
Police said witnesses told them a man pulled up in a car, got out and ran toward Mr. Brown, pulling a mask over his face as he ran. The man pulled a gun and pointed it at Mr. Brown's head, shooting several times. Police would not say how many times Mr. Brown was hit, but did say he was shot at close range.
The gunman fled on foot, police said. Investigators said they had not been able to determine the motive for the shooting.
A large crowd had gathered by the time police arrived. As officers tried to cordon off the scene, "There was a lot of pushing and shoving," said Cpl. Thomas M. Wagner, a county police spokesman.
"The police were trying to preserve the crime scene," he said. Some people "just went a little ballistic."
About two dozen patrol cars responded to calls for assistance. Police made two arrests and were contemplating charges of disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer. The names of those arrested were not available, police said.
"He was built like him -- he was big like him and thick -- and he played like him," said Don Cage, who coached the Meade Village winter league basketball team with the county Department of Recreation and Parks. Mr. Brown played center.
"He played with a lot of enthusiasm and he used his body a lot," also prompting comparisons with the Orlando Magic star, Mr. Cage said.
He said he was trying to persuade Mr. Brown, the team's leading scorer, to finish high school so he could go on to college and play. "It's a shame to see a young man to go away with that kind of potential," he said.
"He got along with everybody. I just don't understand what the problem was," Mr. Cage said.