On Saturday, a 22-year-old man was shot outside a gas station in Baltimore. The victim was later identified as Louis “Cody” Young, the stepson of a local defense attorney.
Warren Brown, P.A. described Louis as a good kid, nice guy and “big teddy bear,” who loved football and wanted a career in the insurance industry.
Brown said his stepson did not carry a weapon or rob people, but would assist anyone in need.
Warren is a criminal defense attorney, who has operated his own firm in Baltimore for nearly 30 years. Warren told The Baltimore Sun being a criminal defense attorney is part of who he is, but Young’s killing is making it difficult to think about representing someone who “gets up in the morning and looks for somebody to kill.”
“I know that it happens – that those of us who represent people who were charged with these types of things become victims ourselves,” Brown said. “We understand that and we try to separate our professional life from our personal life.”
“It gets you to the point where it becomes impossible to represent somebody who you know from your experience is a trigger-puller or likely to be a trigger-puller.”
Louis Young was shot around 1 a.m. Saturday at the BP station on Garrison Boulevard. A surveillance video shows Young right before he was shot. Due to the grainy footage, detectives are having difficulty obtaining an accurate description of the two suspects in the video.
Police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspects and solving the crime. If you have any information, please contact the Homicide Unit at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers are 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Brown is offering $10,000 reward information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved. As other community members come forward to offer reward money, Brown said he expects the amount grow.
Brown said he would do his own investigating.
“I represent people on the streets,” Brown said. “I have people out there being the bushes.”
Young was in the company of his stepbrother, Matthew Warren Brown, on the night of the shooting. Brown said it is possible that Matthew, who was arrested in 2015 on human trafficking charges, may have been the target. The 27-year-old has been out on bail, waiting for his scheduled court date.