Four teens charged with mur­der

All held with­out bond for Septem­ber shoot­ing

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice have ar­rested and charged four teens with first-de­gree mur­der and at­tempted mur­der for a Sept. 25 shoot­ing in New­burg that left one teen dead and an­other wounded.

The al­leged gun­man, Tyreq Kaylin Til­gh­man, 18, along with Kevin Averell Jones, 18, Shayna Imari Milstead, 17, and Tali­vah Laraih Salahud­din, 17, all from Wal­dorf, were ap­pre­hended on Wed­nes­day and are cur­rently be­ing held with­out bond, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Mason Cameron Atkins, 18, of Deale was pro­nounced dead on the scene af­ter of­fi­cers ren­dered aid and CPR, while the other 18-year-old vic­tim was flown to a hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound to his chest, but he sur­vived, po­lice re­ported.

This is the fifth homi­cide this year in Charles County.

Around 1:48 a.m. on Sept. 25, deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the 10400 block of Popes Creek Road for a re­ported shoot­ing. The caller said that he and his friend were in a car and had been shot at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion, the 9100 block of Mona Farm Place, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers at­tempted to re­sus­ci­tate the crit­i­cally wounded pas­sen­ger, but he died from his in­juries.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cated that the vic­tims showed up un­in­vited to a bon­fire party on Mona Farm Place, and they were asked to leave, which they did. The vic­tims drove about a

half mile away, head­ing to­ward U.S. 301, and pulled over to the side of the road. The sus­pects also showed up to the party un­in­vited, and they, too, were asked to leave.

As the sus­pects drove by them in a black car, the two groups got into an ar­gu­ment and Til­gh­man and Jones ex­ited their ve­hi­cle to con­front Atkins, the other vic­tim, and their friend seated in the back seat, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. Jones re­port­edly be­gan punch­ing Atkins, who was seated in the front pas­sen­ger seat, mul­ti­ple times through an open win­dow, prompt­ing Atkins to spray him with pep­per spray.

Til­gh­man then al­legedly raised a hand­gun and fired sev­eral shots into the car, strik­ing Atkins in his neck, and the other vic­tim in his chest. Hear­ing the gun­shots, the vic­tim seated in the back ex­ited the car and ran away. Not re­al­iz­ing at first that he had been shot, the driver fled the scene and called 911 as Atkins bled pro­fusely and was un­re­spon­sive.

De­tec­tives later ob­tained sur­veil­lance video from a nearby gas sta­tion and in­ter­viewed a wit­ness which in­di­cated that around 1:50 a.m., a black car pulled into the gas pumps and a black fe­male en­tered the store and pur­chased two wa­ter bot­tles, court records show. The wit­ness said she saw two black males then exit the car, ap­pear­ing to be in dis­tress from some type of substance on their face, and pour the wa­ter onto their faces.

The fe­male seen in the video was later iden­ti­fied by a school re­source of­fi­cer, who rec­og­nized her as Salahud­din, a se­nior at St. Charles High School. She was then in­ter­viewed by de­tec­tives who iden­ti­fied Milstead as the driver, and Til­gh­man and Jones were sub­se­quently iden­ti­fied as the other pas­sen­gers.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date for Milstead and Salahud­din has been sched­uled for Oct. 26, per court records. Hear­ing dates for Til­gh­man and Jones are pend­ing.

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