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Taneytown man charged after allegedly shooting at occupied vehicle in Westminster

Justin P. Carter
Justin P. Carter

A Taneytown man was arrested and charged in relation to a shooting of a vehicle with at least one person inside near Charles and Church streets in Westminster.

Westminster Police Department officers responded at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 to a report of shots fired, according to charging documents. They spoke to several witnesses who said a man had fired four to five shots at an occupied vehicle.

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Police later identified the man as Justin P. Carter, 34, of Taneytown with the assistance of video surveillance, according to charging documents. Carter and the occupant or occupants of the vehicle fled in separate ways after the incident. No injuries were reported. A warrant was issued for him Tuesday, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested him Thursday in Taneytown.

Carter is charged with seven counts, including first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a violent crime, and reckless endangerment. He continued to be held without bond after a bail review Friday morning. He is being represented by the Carroll County Public Defender’s Office.

As a convicted felon, Carter was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition, according to the charging documents, which did not specify what he had been convicted of.

According to a news release from the Westminster Police Department, a police investigation led to a connection with a separate drug-related investigation in the unit block of East George St. in Westminster, where the Carroll County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday.

Police did not make arrests that day, but gained information on the locations of two men wanted in Baltimore County, police said.

Michael Raphael Garrison Jr., 25, of Baltimore and Sean Donta Hardison, 20, of Gwynn Oak were both arrested Wednesday on Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster.

A witness told police he believed Hardison might have been in the vehicle that was shot at in Westminster, according to charging documents for Carter.

Carroll County police agencies turned Hardison and Garrison over to the Baltimore County Police Department, according to Westminster police. Both are being held without bail, according to electronic court records.

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