BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police arrested a 17-year-old accused of a fatal shooting in Baltimore earlier this month.
Mikayal Hendricks faces a long list of charges, the most serious being a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 73-year-old Lawrence Price.
According to the Baltimore Police Department, Price was killed on Oct. 4 in northwest Baltimore.
Officers were called to a local hospital at 12:30 a.m. for a walk-in shooting victim. Responding officers found Price being treated for a gunshot wound, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The investigation into Price’s death found that he was inside his vehicle, which was stopped at a red light in the 4400 block of Liberty Heights Ave.
Another vehicle then pulled up next to Price’s car, and the two drivers began arguing with each other.
Court documents say Hendricks pulled up next to the victim at a stop light October 4 and said, “What are you staring at?”
Hendricks is accused of having fired several shots at Price before driving away.
Homicide detectives identified Hendricks as the shooter. He was arrested on Monday, and taken to Central Booking.
Sources said Hendricks was connected to a string of armed carjackings, but the cases were moved to the less severe juvenile justice system.
The 17-year-old was supposed to be on electronic home monitoring. His mother said Juvenile Services did not fully enforce it.
“I said it’s his first week being home and he’s not doing what he got to do, that’s not a problem?”
When asked how many times she had to call Juvenile Services with them not showing up, she said, “They never showed up. I called 10, 15 times.”
Juvenile Services told WJZ that due to juvenile confidentiality laws, they could not confirm or deny the involvement of any individual in the juvenile justice system.
“I was facing the barrel of a gun a few inches away from my face,” said a carjacking victim from last year.
A Park Height resident said Hendricks and another suspect took his car last summer.
“As soon as I got out, two kids had approached me, assaulted me with a weapon, next thing I knew, the vehicle was car-jacked,” The victim said.
The councilmember in that district said the judge was too lenient on Hendricks.
“When people have shown that they are graduating to these high-level crimes there need to be some repercussions,” said Isacc Yitzy Schleifer, Baltimore City Council.
As a result, two families are affected, Lawrence Price’s widow included.
“I’ll miss that laugh, I miss fussing at him, I miss a whole lot of stuff,” said Cheryl Price, the victim’s wife.
Also affected, Hendrick’s mother.
“I don’t know if he did it or not. Either way, I deeply apologize. It doesn’t change their pain, it doesn’t change what happened, but I deeply apologize to them people for having to go through what they are going through,” Hendrick’s mother said.
In the case of Price’s murder, Hendricks told police he didn’t pull the trigger, he was just the driver.