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Balto. Co. officers help identify man in shooting Four arrests made in Westminster incident


Westminster detectives enlisted help from Baltimore County police to identify a man wounded Monday in a suspected drug-related shooting in Westminster.

The wounded man, Brett M. Barton, 27, of Pikesville was discharged yesterday after treatment at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Barton would not identify himself to detectives, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a police spokesman. "We had two possible names, and Baltimore County officers assisted, taking a relative [of Barton] to Shock Trauma to make a positive identification," Brewer said.

Barton was grazed by one bullet and struck in the neck and back by two others.

A 17-year-old boy who was in the apartment where the shooting occurred received a minor ricochet wound in the buttocks.

Four people have been arrested on attempted first-degree murder and related charges. Two of them, Michael C. Blow, 18, of Milford Mill and Dion W. Echols, 22, of Pikesville, are accused of entering the apartment on Sullivan Avenue with guns drawn about 1: 15 a.m. and opening fire, shooting Barton through a bathroom door, according to police.

Malcolm K. Epps, 20, of Randallstown and Nicole S. Luby, 18, of no fixed address were arrested with Blow and Echols at a Westminster motel soon after the shooting.

Each of the four was charged on 15 counts, including attempted assault, burglary and drug charges after police found suspected marijuana at the motel and cocaine near the Sullivan Avenue apartment. They are being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Blow was held on no bail; Echols on $250,000; Epps and Luby on $100,000 each.

Pub Date: 12/20/98

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