Teen charged in slaying, shooting


Police charged an East Baltimore teen-ager yesterday in the slaying of a man found dead in his dining room two weeks ago and in the shotgun shooting two days later of a boy in a Radio Shack store.

Colon Booker, 17, of the 3300 block of Ravenwood Ave. was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, attempted murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony. He also faces charges in a shooting in North Carolina.

Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman, said the suspect was arrested Sunday about 5:30 p.m. as he walked near his house.

The slaying occurred Sept. 23. Police who had been called to an apartment in the 5100 block of Conant Way about 9 p.m. for a report of a shooting found the body of Kirby Harris, 24, who had been shot once in the right side of the chest.

Officer Weinhold said investigators think Mr. Harris was killed during a drug-related robbery.

At the electronics store in the 2500 block of Edison Highway, Derrick Waters, 15, of the 3900 block of Erdman Ave. was shot in the head after arguing with several men, police said.

The youth was in serious condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The North Carolina shooting occurred Nov. 23 when a fight broke out after a basketball game between high schools in Tarboro and Rocky Mount.

Police said two groups, one from each rival school, got into an argument in the Tarboro High School gym at halftime and continued it in the parking lot at a fast-food restaurant across the street.

Tarboro Police Sgt. Robert Cherry said a fistfight between two teen-agers escalated to gunfire involving several people. Mr. Booker was charged in the shooting of a 16-year-old who was hit in the hip.

Mr. Booker, whose mother lives in Tarboro, was charged as an adult with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to kill and felony riot.

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