A Taneytown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after a teenager was shot in a Taneytown home invasion early Tuesday morning and a second suspect remains at large, according to Maryland State Police.
Charles O. Caradine, 31, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, first-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, armed robbery, and four counts each of first- and second-degree assault, according to an MSP news release. Caradine has been taken to Carroll County Detention Center and is awaiting an initial appearance in court for a bond hearing.
Troopers believe Caradine was one of the two armed suspects who “forced their way" into the Taneytown residence at about 2 a.m., according to the release.
Police are still searching for a second man wanted in connection with the incident, according to the release. Police have not identified the suspect at large.
Whether the suspect at large presents a danger to the public is “hard to predict,” Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. “We have an individual has not been apprehended yet and is believed to be armed. Until that individual is apprehended, we are concerned for anyone’s safety in the area."
According to the release, the victim, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Medical staff report he is in stable condition, police said.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Taneytown police responded to a multifamily apartment building in the unit block of East Baltimore Street for a report of a shooting, police said. The preliminary investigation indicates two men forced their way into the apartment armed with handguns, confronted the father of the 16-year-old and a young child inside, and demanded to see the 16-year-old.
One of the men hit the father in the head with a gun, according to the release, then the men forced their way into a bedroom, confronting the 16-year-old. There was an “altercation,” in which the teen was shot, police said.
The two suspects then fled, police said. The child and a fourth person who had been in the home were not injured, and the father declined treatment, the release read.
Investigators identified one suspect, Caradine, and troopers went to his home, where he surrendered without incident, according to the release. His residence was near the scene of the shooting.
No firearms have been recovered, according to police, who have not identified a motive.
When asked whether police believe that the shooting was targeted, Shipley of the state police said “there is certainly an indication” because the two suspects demanded to see the victim after forcing entry into the residence.
Troopers from the Criminal Enforcement Division and crime scene technicians continue to investigate. Taneytown police Chief Jason Etzler requested Maryland State Police conduct the investigation, and officers from the Taneytown Police Department are assisting, according to the release.
Those who may have information about the incident are asked to contact the Taneytown Police Department at 410-756-5281 or the MSP Westminster Barrack at 410-386-3000.
Carroll County Times reporter Mary Grace Keller contributed to this story.