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Arundel teen held in shooting

An Annapolis 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder, accused of urging a friend to repeatedly shoot at a man on a bicycle, who was wounded in both legs, city police said yesterday.

The 32-year-old victim, Garrison Johnson, was riding in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. in the Robinwood public housing complex about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, passing Demarco Edward Brown and another male, police said.

The unidentified suspect shot Johnson in the leg, police said. Johnson fell to the ground and tried to run away, but Johnson was held down and the gunman was repeatedly told to shoot the victim again. Johnson broke free, but the gunman opened fire, striking him in his other leg, police said. Johnson was still able to get away to call police.

Police said that Brown, who lives on the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., was arrested Tuesday in Robinwood and charged as an adult with second-degree attempted murder and related offenses. He is being held at the Anne Arundel County jail on $1 million bond.

Weapons found; teen charged

A 17-year-old student who left a rifle, machete and pocketknife in his car on the North Harford High School parking lot yesterday was charged with three counts of possession of a deadly weapon on school property and one count of disturbing school operations, police said.

A school resource officer and school administrator were notified of the weapons and searched the vehicle shortly before 8 a.m., said Sgt. Christina Presberry of the Harford County sheriff's office.

"The investigation shows he's a hunter and had left a muzzleloader in his car," said Don Morrison, spokesman for Harford public schools. "There was no intent to use the weapon in school."

The student, who is from Jarrettsville, was charged as a juvenile and was not identified. He was released to his parents pending an arraignment.

A student who brings a weapon to school is suspended automatically for 10 days and referred to the superintendent, Morrison said.

Madison Park

Officer fatally shoots man amid struggle

A Baltimore police officer fatally shot a man suspected of carrying drugs about noon yesterday at a Northeast Baltimore shopping center, according to a police spokesman.

The officer, whose name was not released, was patrolling the Hamilton Park shopping center at McClean Boulevard and Northern Parkway when he stopped a man to question him, police said.

The man fought with the officer, who feared for his safety and fired several shots at the man, said police spokesman Sterling Clifford.

Suspected drugs were taken from the man, whose name was not available yesterday afternoon, Clifford said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died, according to a police spokeswoman. He was the first person to be fatally shot by police this year.

Yesterday's encounter happened in front of a Dollar General and Murry's food stores. Police said the officer was on routine patrol when he stopped and tried to question the man.

The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the department's internal investigation.

Gus G. Sentementes

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