Jacob B. Bircher, of the unit block of Wimert Ave., surrendered to police at 7 a.m. Friday on a church parking lot on Route 140 in Westminster. He faces first-degree murder and other charges that are pending, police said.
Sykesville, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Gary Hale, 25, of Woodstock, the second victim, is expected to survive. He is being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a gunshot wound to the arm.
MSP's homicide detectives have interviewed more than two dozen restaurant patrons who were present during the shooting and are continuing the investigation. Witnesses said they did not know the suspect and police said they have yet to establish a connection between the suspect and the victims.
Several people, including the victims and the suspect, were standing outside on the restaurant's parking lot and talking, when the suspect began shooting at them, police said. Bircher left the scene in a dark colored compact vehicle. The weapon has not been recovered.
MSP's Apprehension Team initiated a search for Bircher. Officers were eventually able to reach him by phone and convince him to give himself up. He was arrested without incident.