Howard motorist shot during carjack attempt

March 31, 2010

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 an 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, Dimarzo was shot in the hand and doused with pepper spray. He told police that his attackers were a man and woman. Dimarzo was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition, police said. Police recovered the weapon they believe was used in the shooting inside the victim's car. Detectives said they are looking into the possibility that the incident might have been drug-related.

- Don Markus

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