2 men held in drive-by shooting

January 13, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

,TC Two men are being held without bond after five shots were fired into a Mount Airy residence Saturday night, injuring one of nine people in the building.

David William Doolittle, 29, of the 16000 block of Moss Meadow Way in Mount Airy, and Stephen Wayne Knight, 34, of Lawson's Trailer Park in New Market, are both charged with shooting Brian Keith Dehn, 19, of Catonsville.

Mr. Dehn, who was hit in the abdomen, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released yesterday, according to state police.

Investigators said the incident began with three men throwing snowballs at the home of Yvonne Valltos in the 100 block of Ridgeville Blvd. about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police said several residents came out of the house and a confrontation took place between the snowball throwers and the family of Ms. Valltos.

Court records indicate Mr. Dehn, a friend of the Valltos family, tried to break up the fight. However, one of his friends struck a snowball thrower several times with a stick, records say.

Court records indicate that the snowball throwers fled, but that one of them borrowed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol about 11 p.m. Saturday, saying he needed the weapon for protection.

The drive-by shooting occurred about 11:20 p.m., police said.

Court documents said the gun was returned to its owner Sunday.

The suspects were arrested yesterday on 22 charges and held at the Carroll County Detention Center for a bail review hearing today.

Mr. Doolittle and Mr. Knight are each charged with the attempted murder of Mr. Dehn, nine counts of assault with intent to murder -- one count for each of the people in the house -- one count of assault with intent to maim Mr. Dehn, and one count of assault and battery.

Each man also was charged with eight counts of assault, one count of use of a handgun in a felony, and conspiracy to commit murder, according to police.

On Monday, investigators recovered a 9mm believed to have been used in the shooting.

Police said the third man involved in the snowball throwing was not involved in the shooting.

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