Just before midnight on July 31, 2017, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Peterson Road, 21220 for a shooting. Upon arrival, Police located a female victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body. The victim, Iyanna Nachae Watkins, 13, of the 700 block of Shipfriend Road, 21220, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A second victim, an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was located in the 500 block of Compass Road and transported to a local hospital by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel. A third victim, also an adult male with at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, was identified after he was transported to a hospital by a family member.

On January 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police charged Alphonso Frederick Smith, III, 19, of the 1100 block of Country Terrace Road, 21221, and Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr., 19, of the 4300 block of Seidel Avenue, 21206, each with first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Both men are being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Detectives learned that the shooting was the result of a prior altercation between Smith and a friend of the victims. After the fight, Smith told the group that he would be back. Later that same day, the victims were with a group of people sitting behind the 7-11 store to the rear of Peterson Road. Smith and Eastmond found the group, including the person from the earlier fight, and coordinated the shooting into the crowd from a short distance away, which resulted in the death of Iyanna Watkins and injuries to the other victims. Investigators believe that Watkins was struck by gunfire intended for someone else.

If anyone has additional information about the shooting, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020.

The original news blog post on the case can be found here.

Booking photo for Alphonso Frederick Smith, III:











Booking photo for Roger Lee-Austin Eastmond, Jr.: