Maryland State Police say one man is being treated for gunshot wounds and another is being questioned, while investigators continue to search several locations for evidence in connection with a shooting late Wednesday near Aberdeen.
According to a State Police news release, a 37-year-old man from Aberdeen was the shooting victim and is being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The shooting victim is not being identified because of "potential criminal charges," the release said.
"The preliminary investigation indicates he was breaking down the door to enter the apartment and confront the occupants when he was shot," according to the release.
A 38-year-old man from Havre Grace is in police custody and being questioned by members of the Homicide Unit at the Bel Air Barrack, State Police said.
The investigation began shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a 9-1-1 call was received at the Bel Air Barrack from a person who reported hearing what sounded like gunshots at a nearby apartment. Troopers responded to an upstairs apartment at the rear of a two-story house divided into four apartments in the 3300-block of Churchville Road in Aberdeen, according to the news release.
When troopers arrived, they found the Havre de Grace man standing in the parking area with his hands in the air. He was taken into custody without incident, according to the release
At about the same time, officers from the Aberdeen Police Department were dispatched to a gas station on West Bel Air Avenue. When they arrived, they found the Aberdeen man in his car, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He told officers he had been shot by the Havre de Grace man, according to the release. EMS personnel were called and the man was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
State Police investigators from the Homicide Unit and the Bel Air Barrack spent the night interviewing neighbors and obtaining search warrants. State Police crime scene technicians continued to process several locations Thursday morning, according to the release.
A gun was recovered from the back yard of the apartment house where the shooting occurred. The gun will be taken to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory for analysis.
According to State Police, the preliminary investigation indicates the man who was shot came to the apartment on Churchville Road and began banging on and kicking the door. Witnesses heard the man at the door yelling that he knew a female, apparently his former girlfriend, was in the apartment with the occupant. Within moments, witnesses heard gunshots and all three people left the apartment.
"He kicked the door in and was shot by the individual in the apartment," MSP Spokesman Greg Shipley said, adding the man who was shot apparently did not have a weapon.
A 30-year-old female from Abingdon, who is believed to have been in the apartment at the time of the shooting, has been located by State Police, according to the news release. She is also being questioned by investigators.
The investigation is continuing.
State Police investigators were to brief officials at the Harford County State's Attorney's Office later Thursday morning, after which a determination will be made in consultation with prosecutors concerning any charges to be filed, the news release states. No charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon, Shipley said.