Weapons recovered in Columbia

Police have not filed charges in shootings

September 04, 2004|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Howard County police have confirmed that weapons were recovered at the scene where a man and a boy were shot Tuesday night in the Harper's Choice village of Columbia, but refused to specify their type.

A 22-year-old man who was shot remained in good condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Sherry Llewellyn, the Howard County Police Department spokeswoman.

A 17-year-old boy was also shot but was treated and released earlier in the week, she said. Both were shot in the lower body.

Police have been tight-lipped about the case, refusing to release the names of the two or characterize either as a victim or suspect.

But sources familiar with the incident, including some residents who declined to be identified out of fear for their safety, said one of the males might have accidentally shot himself while attempting to run from the scene.

Police have said the shootings might have stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the man and the teen.

No charges have been filed in connection with the shootings, which occurred in the area of the Harpers Forest Apartments, near the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane.

Llewellyn declined to provide additional details because police were still investigating.

The shootings happened shortly after 10 p.m., near a playground by three apartment buildings, several residents said.

Both were taken by state police MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Numerous residents interviewed over several days since Tuesday characterized the neighborhood as a diverse area.

In the afternoons and evenings, children could be seen riding on bicycles or playing on the playground where, a few feet away, the shooting occurred.

Several older residents said they felt safe in the neighborhood and were surprised by the shooting, but they declined to be quoted for this article.

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