Queen Anne's man, 19, charged with murder in shooting of teen

September 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 19-year-old Queen Anne's County man accused of opening fire on a pickup truck loaded with teenagers Wednesday night, killing one of the youths and wounding two others, has been charged with murder, police said yesterday.

Joshua D. Cahall was arrested at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a house in Caroline County after the incident near his home on Price Station Road in the community of Price.

Cahall was taken to the state police barracks in Centreville and charged with murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and assault. He was being held without bail yesterday at the Queen Anne's County Detention Center, police said.

Cahall is accused of hiding in a wooded area near his house and shooting at the red Toyota pickup truck as it passed him.

Killed by the gunfire was 14-year-old Steven W. Ott of Price, who was shot in the head. The two wounded youths, Jeffrey D. Ireland, 16, and Christopher D. Parsley, 18, also are residents of Price, police said.

Ireland, who was shot in the upper body, and Parsley, who was shot in the arm, were flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where they were treated and released, police said.

The driver of the truck, David Ayers, 19, of Goldsboro, and a fourth passenger were not injured.

Police said the weapon used in the shooting was found in Cahall's house.

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