CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland man and a Baltimore man were being sought Friday in connection with the overnight shooting of two residents of the western Maryland city's east side.
The victims, a 34-year-old man and his 28-year-old live-in girlfriend, were not identified by police. They were both taken by a Cumberland Fire Department ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries that apparently were not life-threatening.
Within hours of the incident, C3I investigators obtained warrants for the arrest of 22-year-old Tavon Lennie Staten of Cumberland and 19-year-old Quartez Joseph Pinder of Baltimore both on charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses.
Interviews of the victims and witnesses who were present at the time of the 2 a.m. incident in the 400 block of Baltimore Avenue led to the identity of Staten as a suspect. Spent shotgun pellets and other evidence were recovered.
Early Friday afternoon, C3I announced a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Pinder after he was identified as a second suspect in the shooting.
C3I said the involved parties argued before Staten and two other people returned a short time later to the victims' residence. Staten reportedly then began banging on the window. The victims told them to leave before they looked outside and observed Staten allegedly raising a shotgun and pointing it toward the window. The gun was then reportedly fired and the victims were struck by pellets and flying glass. The victims then dialed 911.
As police throughout the region were on the lookout for Staten and Pinder, investigators at C3I continued efforts Friday afternoon to determine the identity of another possible suspect in the case.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Staten and Pinder, or the identity of the third possible suspect, may call C3I at (301) 777-0326 or Cumberland Police at (301) 777-1600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Allegany & Mineral Counties Crime Solvers at (301) 722-4300 and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrests of the suspects responsible for the crime.
State's Attorney Michael Twigg said that "having people resolve disputes by firearms will not be tolerated."
Twigg said charges against other individuals in the case may be forthcoming.
Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Bureau of Police assisted Cumberland Police at the scene.
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