Man shot in elbow during 'road rage' episode in city

Victim and suspect had been at the same nightclub

February 13, 2011|By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun

A 25-year-old man who shot and injured a man in a downtown parking lot — and then was promptly arrested by a nearby Baltimore City SWAT team — was charged Sunday with attempted murder.

James Edward Johnson had no criminal record before he was picked up by officers about 3 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot next to the city's impound lot adjacent to I-83. Now, he faces charges of first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations, according to police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The victim, whose name was not being disclosed, was treated for a gunshot wound to the elbow at an area hospital and later released.

"This suspect had no fear," Gugliemi said. "He took a handgun into a bar without fear for the penalties."

Both Johnson and the victim had attended the same unidentified nightclub before starting to argue in the parking lot in the 200 block of E. Saratoga. The dispute — partly fueled by alcohol and by rivalry over a woman — escalated into "road rage," Gugliemi says.

SWAT team officers on a routine patrol outside a nightclub witnessed the quarrel and moved fast to arrest the suspect.

Referring to other high-profile shootings in recent months, Gugliemi said police have been trying to curb downtown violence.

"This shows that we're deploying officers in the right area," he said. "We're going to be working closely with area businesses and nightclubs to further develop a security plan."

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