Baltimore police charged a man with shooting while kids were in backseat of car

BALTIMORE - Baltimore police have charged a 26-year-old man with murder, allegedly killing a man in a car while two children were sitting in the backseat, according to a release from the department.

Dwight Jenifer was arrested shortly after police believe he committed the murder in the 3600 block of West Coldspring Lane on June 26.

“Due to patrol officers quick response, detectives were able to take Jenifer into custody,” according to a release sent from Sgt. Jarron Jackson.

Officers were dispatched to the Aldi’s Grocery Store parking lot on West Coldspring Lane at about 10:52 p.m. for a shooting, according to the statement of probable cause. Witnesses directed the officer to a gold 2003 Ford Taurus.

Terrez Bowden, 46, was sitting in the passenger seat and bleeding from the head, according to the officer’s report.

Bowden was transported to Sinai Hospital in “grave” condition where he later died from his injury.

Officers at the scene of the shooting spotted Bowden, identified from a witness description, walking with two children away from the Ford Taurus.

Without prompting, Jenifer told police “I did it. Take me down. Get me out of here,” according to the statement of probable cause. The children told a child abuse center staff forensic interviewer that their father shot Bowden over a debt.

Jenifer told police there was a fight in car between the two men. In the ensuing struggle, the gun went off, court documents show. Jenfier said Bowden tried to rob him.

Jenifer threw the gun in a trash can and took his children out of the car after the shooting.

Police recovered the .38 caliber handgun with one round in the chamber and three rounds in the magazine.

Jenifer was charged with first- and second-degree murder, along with assault and handgun violations, according to the release. He is currently being held without bail.  

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