Howard County police Tuesday arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of carrying out a double shooting in Columbia on Monday during a possible drug deal that went awry, according to a news release from the department.
Officials identified the suspect as Tyquan Leondre Carter, of Early Spring Way in Columbia. Carter was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault and other related charges, according to the department.
Online court records did not list an attorney for Carter, who was still undergoing the booking process Tuesday evening.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 9500 block of Sea Shadow at 9:37 p.m. Monday, police said. Upon arriving, police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds in a parking lot.
Both of the injured men were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. D’Marni Ware, 19, of Columbia, remained in critical condition Tuesday. Jaiden Marquise Pender, 18, also a Columbia resident, who initially was listed in serious condition, was released from the hospital Tuesday.
“Through investigation, police believe that the two victims met with Carter to complete a drug deal,” Howard County police said in the release. “An altercation ensued and police believe Carter shot both victims before fleeing the area. He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore.”
Carter was arrested and charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute in early August, online court records show. The drug case was forwarded to the Circuit Court of Baltimore County and a trial is scheduled for Jan. 30.
Baltimore Sun emerging news editor Nick DiMarco contributed to this report.