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4 shot during melee at Ijamsville party


Four people were shot and a man was arrested after a underage drinking party turned violent at a home in rural Frederick County early yesterday, authorities said.

Shooting broke out at the home in Ijamsville, five miles southeast of Frederick, about 12:15 a.m. after an argument erupted between partygoers and a group of young Damascus men attempting to crash the festivities, said county Sheriff Carl R. Harbaugh.

A partygoer and one of the Damascus men recognized each other from a fight they had last summer in Ocean City.

Shane C. Rupinta, 19, of Damascus, was being held in lieu of $900,000 bond in the Frederick County Detention Center.

He was charged with four counts each of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, assault and battery, reckless endangerment and handgun violations, Sheriff Harbaugh said.

Mr. Rupinta and eight other young men went to the Ijamsville home after not being allowed to crash another party in the area, the sheriff said.

The young men were talking to a parent about being allowed into the party when an argument erupted between some of them and a few partygoers.

When one of the partygoers went to find a baseball bat, authorities said, Mr. Rupinta retrieved a handgun from a car and began shooting.

Some of the Damascus men ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.

One of the shooting victims, Gene Itoh, 21, of Silver Spring, remained hospitalized yesterday. He was listed in stable condition at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. He suffered a gunshot wound to the eye, the sheriff said.

The other victims -- Krista M. Day, 19, of Frederick; Christopher Whitmore, 21, of Annandale, Va., and Steven D. Rhodes, 18, of Monrovia -- were released after treatment at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

said there were as many as 40 people -- most of them under drinking age -- at the party in the Loch Haven subdivision. He said he is contemplating bringing charges for alcohol violations and underage drinking.

The party was the third instance in a year in which parents in Frederick County have allowed large parties with underage drinking at their homes, Sheriff Harbaugh said.

In the other incidents, police issued citations to the adults for alcohol violations.

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