4 charged after shooting at Columbia barbershop

Drugs found following botched robbery attempt

Teen in critical condition

July 18, 2005|By Winyan Soo Hoo | Winyan Soo Hoo,Special to baltimoresun.com

Howard County police today announced charges against four men following a shooting early Sunday morning in a Columbia barbershop.

Police were called to the Barber King salon in the Long Reach Village Center at 8700 Cloudleap Court after gunshots were heard around 1 a.m. According to authorities, the shooting occurred after two Columbia men, Peair Turner, 17, and Devon Dixon, 18, entered the salon and demanded drugs and money.

Police believe one of the teenagers pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at employee Thomas Robertson, 24, of Hanover, who was not hit. Robertson's brother, Jeffrey, 25, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., then fired at the teens and struck Dixon, but he was able to run from the store, according to police.

Turner was held at the shop by the Robertson brothers until authorities arrived, police said. He was arrested at the scene and charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault and robbery, according to authorities.

Thomas Robertson was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute after officers discovered drugs in the shop. Jeffrey Robertson was charged with possession of a handgun without a permit, police said.

Authorities also arrested Nathanial Quick, 18, of Columbia, a friend who drove Dixon to Howard County General Hospital. Officers at the hospital discovered drugs in Quick's vehicle and arrested him.

Dixon was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in critical condition.

July 18, 2005, 2:13 PM EDT

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