Overnight shooting and robbery in Taneytown investigated, two suspects still at large

Maryland State Police have three men in custody and are looking for two additional suspects in a shooting and robbery which erupted in the early morning hours Dec. 16 at a residence just outside of Taneytown.

The three suspects are currently detained at the Westminster State Police barracks awaiting criminal charges as police continue to sort out the details of the crime.

At around 2:23 a.m., Friday, police and emergency medical personnel were alerted to respond to reports of a shooting and armed robbery in 3900 block of Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown.

Upon arrival, police discovered that a male victim had been "struck in the back of the head by what may have been an expandable baton," and wounded by a gunshot, police reported. A female victim at the residence at the time of the incident was not injured.

The suspects had fled the scene.

According to a state police report, the victim "sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was flown by State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he is being treated for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries."

According to preliminary findings reported by state police, the female victim was visiting at the victim's residence when male suspects arrived at the home about 2 a.m. and called the male victim outside.

Police report that while one suspect remained with the man, three others came into the house, threatened the female with a handgun and demanded information "about what was in the home."

The female told police that one suspect shot a dog at the residence when it came toward the suspect. The dog has been transported to a veterinarian for treatment…

"After removing a suitcase from the house, the victims said all four suspects left in a light colored Ford Explorer," according to the police report.

An alert by police was broadcast on police scanners for the suspects. Police units from area departments responded to the area to assist with the search, including Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Taneytown Police Department.

Shortly after, a Taneytown police officer searching the area spotted a light-colored Ford Explorer on Courier Court in Taneytown, police said.

When the officer stopped the vehicle, "two African American males fled on foot and were not located. The officer took two other males into custody," according to the police report.

Subsequently, "police observed what appears to be blood on the vehicle and said an expandable baton was visible inside the truck," according to the report.

The vehicle was towed to the State Police Westminster barracks, where it will be processed for evidence after a search warrant is obtained, police said.

Details concerning the apprehension of a third suspect have not been released.

State Police investigators are continuing the investigation, and troopers from the State Apprehension Team, sheriff's deputies and Taneytown police officers are assisting with the search for the remaining suspects.

The additional suspects are described as two African American males. One is described as being about 5'7" tall, with black, buzzed-cut hair, wearing a black jacket and black pants. The other suspect is described as wearing a dark bandanna across his face, a black jacket, and a black hood over his head.

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