County police were still looking yesterday for a gunman who wounded a man while driving down a Severn street Tuesday night.
Police have no description for the assailant, except that he was driving a red Toyota.
Michael Jerome Brooks was shot in the back about 9 p.m. while standing in the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive.
Brooks, 33, of the 400 block Old Stage Road, was released yesterday morning from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Police said witnesses saw the gunman drive south on Pioneer Drive, slow down in the 8500 block, and fire once from a shotgun.
Lt. Thomas Sylee said police believe the incident was drug-related.
"There had been a fight in another part of the neighborhood earlier that night and we think the shooting could have been a continuation of that fight," he said.
Tuesday's shooting is apparently the first incident of violence in the Warfield Homes community since May, when residents began working with police to stop drug trafficking and related violence.
"It had gotten to the point that things were starting to look up," said Ernest Spry, a member of the neighborhood's security patrol.
Spry said he had just returned from vacation and saw several people on the street just before the shooting.
"I hadn't been back 20 minutes before I heard the shot and went outside," he said. "We did have a security patrol that night and I was going to call them to get them to break up the group on the corner. But before I could, I heard the shot."
Narcotics detectives and uniformed officers have made 498 arrests on drug and other charges in the neighborhood between May and October.