2 Released In Hotel Shooting, Beating

December 08, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton , justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Two Baltimore men, accused of beating a man into critical condition after he shot their friend in a downtown hotel room, were released on their own recognizance by a District Judge Monday.

Dominic Anderson, 22, and Abdullah Omar, 21, are charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder in the beating of 19-year-old Raymond Woodland, who is accused of shooting their friend in the face during an argument at a birthday party at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel.

According to charging documents, Anderson wrestled a TEC-9 semiautomatic firearm away from Woodland, then stood on the bed and struck him repeatedly with it in the face and head while Omar held him in a "sleeper hold."

Omar was accidentally struck in the temple during the altercation, and both men stayed on the scene with their friend until police arrived.

Police said Anderson and Omar, who each have a handful of minor arrests but no convictions, face serious charges because they went too far. But at a bail review hearing Monday, a District judge disagreed and did not require the men to post bond, releasing them on their own recognizance.

Woodland was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center with "severe life-threatening head trauma," charging documents say. If he recovers and is released from the hospital, police said he will face attempted murder charges in the shooting of 19-year-old Marquis Johnson.

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