2 hit by stray bullet Laurel man charged

Police say gun was fired during argument outside home of injured woman

April 21, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Laurel man was being held without bail yesterday, charged with firing the bullet that strayed into Barbara Walker's home in Severn and wounded her and another woman.

Astrel Jacques, 25, of the 14000 block of Chapel Cove Court was charged with assault with intent to murder and a handgun violation.

Ms. Walker, 53, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive was released after treatment at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The bullet passed through her shoulder and struck a neighbor, Magdalene Davis, 38, in the head before it landed in a sofa. Ms. Davis was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released.

Police said two men were arguing outside Ms. Walker's home shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday when one of them pulled a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun. The men wrestled over the gun, which went off at least three times. One bullet crashed through Ms. Walker's storm door and struck her and Ms. Davis, police said.

One man involved in the fight, Rico Medley, 20, of Bloomsbury Square in Annapolis, ran away, police said. He was questioned but not charged, police said.

The second man fled in his car.

Witnesses gave police a description of the second man's 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and officers stopped a car fitting that description moments later on Route 32 near Route 175. Police found a gun and arrested the driver, Mr. Jacques.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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