Police identify Essex man, 42, as suspect in shooting at club

January 09, 2004|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police identified a suspect yesterday in a shooting last weekend that was apparently sparked by a rivalry between motorcycle gangs and asked for the public's help in locating him.

Police have charged Michael James Moore, 42, of Essex with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

Moore, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of N. Marlyn Ave., is accused of shooting Charles Zepp of Eldersburg, 23, and Timothy McDowell, 38, of Frederick after arguing with them at Club Tattle Tails in Edgemere, police said.

Moore was wearing a black vest with "Prospect MC" on the back, police said, which identified him as a prospective member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Police said Zepp and McDowell were part of the rival Pagans gang.

The two gangs' battles on the East Coast have intensified in recent years. It put police on the watch for what they fear could become an ugly turf war in Maryland, authorities said this week.

Zepp and McDowell were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the shooting. Zepp remained in critical condition yesterday, hospital officials said. McDowell was discharged Tuesday. According to court records, Moore is scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore City District Court next week on charges of attempted robbery and assault.

Detectives are still trying to identify another person who was with the gunman during the shooting Sunday night. This second man was wearing a vest similar to Moore's, police said, and is 6 feet 9 inches, 340 pounds.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 410-307-2020 or 866-7-LOCKUP.

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