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A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged Tuesday in a 2015 East Baltimore quintuple shooting that killed one and injured four others, police said.

Antonio Melvin, of the 3000 block of Grindon Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, was charged with first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder, police said. No phone number was listed for Melvin's address.

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The shooting killed Darrell Alston Jr., 26, of the 2600 block of Beryl Avenue, and injured four others. Alston was a local rapper, known on social media as "Natzy."

Two other men, Andrew Parmele and Shilo Thomas, were charged with handgun violations at the time after guns were found in a vehicle they were running from at the scene. Thomas, also a rapper, is known as "Shymoney," and he and Alston had gained attention in the months before the shooting for producing "diss tracks" attacking other rappers, who filmed response videos.

Parmele and Thomas were friends of Alston's, according to police.

Homicide detectives identified Melvin as the shooter, police said, by sifting through evidence, interviewing many people and reviewing video footage from the scene, which stretched nearly a half-mile, shutting down traffic along East Monument Street for the afternoon.

Melvin was arrested in the 3200 block of Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown Tuesday and taken to Central Booking, where he is waiting to see a court commissioner, police said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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