Annapolis police seek gunman in drive-by shooting

May 25, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Annapolis police were trying yesterday to learn the identity of a man who hailed a cab last week and fired shots from the vehicle at a small group of people in the College Creek Terrace public housing complex.

No one was apparently injured in the drive-by shooting, though someone in the crowd returned fire, striking the cab twice, police said.

But the Reliable Cab Co. driver -- who asked not to be identified because he is afraid for his life -- said he was terrified by the shooting early Friday.

"My body, my legs were shaking for an hour, at least," the driver, 26, said.

He said he asked to be moved to daytime work.

Officer Hal Dalton, spokesman for Annapolis police, said the cabdriver had just dropped off a fare in the Eastport section of the city when he was hailed by a man on President Street.

The man told him to drive to College Creek Terrace. As the cab approached the circle where the street ends, the passenger rolled the window down, pulled out a handgun and began firing at a group standing there. Police said they received a report of gunshots about 1:17 a.m.

At least one person in the group returned fire, Dalton said.

The driver sped off. The passenger put a gun to the driver's head, ordering him to return to the Eastport area. He got out near where he had been picked up, Dalton said.

Dalton said the cabdriver was unable to give police solid descriptions of his passenger or the other people.

The company's co-owner, Ruth Wade, declined to comment yesterday.

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