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Four charged in Westminster shooting Man, teen injured; cocaine worth $10,000 found


Three men and a woman were charged yesterday in the drug-related shooting of two people in a Sullivan Avenue apartment in Westminster, authorities said.

Four people entered the apartment in the first block of Sullivan Ave. about 1: 15 a.m., police said. Two had guns drawn and fired three shots, striking a man and a 17-year-old, police said.

The victims had not been identified last night.

A man who was shot in the back and neck was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious condition last night, police said.

A 17-year-old youth received a minor wound when a bullet ricocheted off the floor and hit him in the buttocks, police said. He received medical attention but was not hospitalized, police said.

Charged were Michael C. Blow, 18, of Milford Mill; Dion W. Echols, 22, of Pikesville; Malcolm K. Epps, 20, of Randallstown; and Nicole S. Luby, 18, of no fixed address.

Each was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder; three counts of first-degree assault; three counts of second-degree assault; and one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and wearing or carrying a handgun.

An investigation revealed the suspects were at a local motel, police said. Police obtained a search warrant for two rooms and found marijuana with a street value estimated at $200, police said.

Upon learning that the four allegedly had gone to the Sullivan Avenue apartment "as a result of a dispute over drugs," police searched behind the apartment, where they found about $4,000 and "a stash of crack cocaine with a weight of about 5 ounces and a street value of $10,000."

Pub Date: 12/17/98

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