Infant, toddler at scene of crime
An infant and a toddler were present when a man wielding an assault rifle gunned down an East Hills man in his living room during a weekend dispute over football jerseys, police said Monday.
Donald Williams-Brown, 23, was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. Sunday inside his Park Hill Drive home. The children, ages 8 and 18 months, were not injured.
City homicide detectives are seeking Walter H. Harris, 25, in connection with the slaying. An arrest warrant has been issued for Harris, whose last known address is the 2200 block of East Hills Drive.
While details remain sketchy, police said they believe two residents of the house were arguing about the football jerseys. After the argument, both individuals called friends and relatives. Four people, one of them with an AK-47-style rifle concealed in a sheet, arrived a short time later, police said.
There was another argument, and Harris opened fire, striking Brown twice in the chest and once in the leg, police said.
About 30 minutes before the shooting, an off-duty police officer visiting from Baltimore spotted three men and a woman walking down the street with what looked like a rifle concealed in a sheet, police said. The officer tried to follow the group but lost them and then called 911.