Baltimore police have arrested a 19-year-old man who had been a fugitive for a month and a half after police said he fatally shot a man while the victim's family stood nearby.

The Baltimore Police Warrant Apprehension Task Force found Tavon William-Arthur Barnett on Tuesday and charged him with first- and second-degree murder in the Nov. 3 killing of Terrance Seale, 29, in Northeast Baltimore.

Barnett, who also faces related assault and gun charges, was found through community tips, police said. They found him in the 5000 block of Carmine Ave. in the Franklintown neighborhood, according to an arrest warrant.

According to Seale's wife, Marie, Terrance Seale had left his apartment in the New Northwood neighborhood briefly to warm up his car, then returned with Barnett, an acquaintance.

While in the kitchen, police said, Barnett fired several shots from a handgun, striking Seale in the head and torso. Barnett then fled the apartment without injuring Marie Seale or the couple's sons, ages 3 and 5, police said.

Police said Barnett fled with another man whom he met outside the apartment. Investigators have not determined that man's identity.

"I'm happy they caught him but yet at the same time, he definitely wasn't alone," Marie Seale said Wednesday. "I'm hoping and praying they catch everybody who was involved.

"I just want to know why. Why my husband? Why my family?"

Marie Seale said she didn't recognize the shooter on Nov. 3 until she began talking to her husband's friends and pieced together recollections and determined it was Barnett, who she said went by the name "Twin."

Terrance Seale, an automatic door salesman, also moonlighted as a disc jockey. For years, she said, Barnett hung around her husband's online radio station near Pimlico Race Course and when it was based near Gleneagle Road in Northeast Baltimore.

Maryland court records show Barnett had been living in the 1100 block of Gleneagle Road in March, when he faced a marijuana possession charge that was not prosecuted. Investigators had been searching for Barnett in the 5600 block of The Alameda, near a Walmart store in Cockeysville and other areas outside Baltimore, where they said he hung out.

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