Derrick Fenner, an Oxon Hill High School graduate who broke Atlantic Coast Conference records as a college running back, surrendered to authorities yesterday to face a first-degree murder charge stemming from what police have described as a drug-related shooting spree.

Fenner, 20, left summer school classes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill to answer a warrant issued Monday by the Hyattsville police. He was arraigned in the May 23 shooting of Marcellus Leach, 19, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. Fenner was sent without bond to the Prince George's County Department of Corrections, police said.

Yesterday's proceeding was the second time since April that the football star, known for a flamboyant style on and off the field, faced criminal charges, according to Prince George's County court records.

Fenner, who was suspended from the university last fall for academic problems, was arrested April 9 in Clinton after police stopped and searched a truck he was driving. Police found a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition under the seat and 25 vials of a white substance in Fenner's jacket pocket, records show.

In that case, Fenner was charged with cocaine possession and illegally transporting a handgun. He was released on personal recognizance, and a preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 14.

Hyattsville police declined yesterday to elaborate on the role Fenner is believed to have played in the killing of Leach. Fenner's warrant was issued based on "information from witnesses" who saw a small gang carrying guns enter the Kirkwood Apartments on Nicholson Street on Memorial Day weekend, police said.

According to police, Leach was in a courtyard in the center of the complex when four persons entered and began shooting, shouting they were going to take over drug trafficking there. Six or seven rounds of fire from automatic weapons were heard, police said, and one other youth, a 17-year-old riding his bike near the scene, suffered leg injuries.

Fenner's family would not discuss the charge yesterday and Prince George's County school officials would not respond to questions about the 1985 graduate.

In North Carolina, several of Fenner's Tar Heel teammates and his head football coach, Dick Crum, expressed disbelief at the charge.

Last fall, Fenner had taken a drug test, which is required of all athletes at North Carolina, and did not test positive, they said.

"Other than missing a plane to Kansas {a Sept. 13 offense for which he was suspended for a game}, all his other disciplinary problems have involved academics . . . . You don't deal with this kind of thing hardly ever. It's mind-boggling that this kind of thing could come along so close to home," Crum said.

Fenner joined North Carolina in 1985 after graduating from Oxon Hill High School and gave crowd-pleasing performances on the playing field. Last year, he rushed 328 yards, an ACC record, against the University of Virginia, 216 yards against the Citadel, 173 yards against the University of Maryland and 113 against Georgia Tech.

But he also was disciplined several times during the season for missing classes, missing flights to games, showing up late for practices or meetings. He was suspended Dec. 19 because of poor grades and cut so many classes in the fall that he didn't have enough hours to be eligible in the spring, university officials said.

Outside the stadium, Fenner seemed to relish the attention that a football hero receives and did his best to embellish it. He drove a $24,000 candy-apple red BMW, told interviewers he had more girls than he could remember and wore what he said was a $1,500 gold necklace.

Teammates said yesterday that they often shook their heads over Fenner's flamboyance, but they said serious trouble seemed out of character for the running back, who had recently enrolled in summer school to regain his eligibility.

"He's just not the type of guy to do that," defensive tackle Reuben Davis told North Carolina reporters. "I never thought he had that kind of potential . . . . It was like he had two personalities. It was like he wanted to do right, but then he would come up with something else to get into."

Jonathan Hall, the team quarterback who occasionally shared car rides with Fenner through Northern Virginia, described Fenner to North Carolina reporters as someone who could do "stupid things" but not murder.

"Derrick would do a lot of stupid things; I didn't think he would do this. I rode with him . . . and I think I knew him pretty well. I think when all is said and done, you'll find that Derrick didn't do this."Staff writer Keith Harriston contributed to this report.