Police say a man may have used an automatic Uzi or Mac-10 submachine gun in an early morning attack in Annapolis yesterday that left a 28-year-old man critically wounded.
Annapolis Police spokesman Dermott Hickey said the suspect fired at least 24 rounds at Timothy Leo Price, of the 200 block Janwal Street, hitting him in the chest and the foot.
Price was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for Charles Ford III, 19, of the 1100 block Madison Street, charging him with assault with intent to murder.
The shooting occurred outside Ford's apartment building, Hickey said.
Hickey said Ford was last seen driving a red and black Jeep Wrangler with one headlight not working. Police have no further description. Ford had not been arrested as of late yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to the scene at 12:30 a.m. and found Price laying on the steps of an apartment building on Madison Street, bleeding from his chest.
Hickey said one bullet struck Price in the back and came out the front, severely damaging internal organs. The other bullet amputated a toe from Price's right foot, Hickey said.
Police found 24 9mm casings in the area and four 9mm bullets. Hickey said it appears most of the rounds struck the sides of buildings. He said one car parked nearby also was damaged. No one else was injured.
Hickey said the gun used could have been a semiautomatic, but either way, he called the incident "highly unusual. Fully automatic weapons are difficult to come by."
He said police do not have a motive for the shooting, as detectives have not yet talked to Price.
"At this point, we can't speculate," Hickey said. "It is a known drug area, so that is always a possibility. It appears there may have been a verbal confrontation and the suspect went back into the house and got the gun."