Ellicott City man shot in hand during apparent carjacking attempt

March 30, 2010|By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

A 25-year-old Ellicott City man was shot in the hand during what Howard County police say was a carjacking attempt Monday night outside a Elkridge hotel.

Police were called to the Comfort Suites Columbia Gateway in the 7100 block of Old Waterloo Road about 11:40 p.m. by a witness who reported a robbery in progress. Steve Dimarzo told police he was in a parked car when two people approached him. One of them showed a gun and told Dimarzo that they wanted his car.

During a struggle that ensued, Dimarzo was shot in the hand and sprayed with pepper spray.

Dimarzo told police that the man and woman were black but provided no other details.

Dimarzo was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

Police recovered the weapon they believed was used in the shooting inside the victim's car. Police are investigating, and detectives are looking into the possibility that the incident might have been drug-related.

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