Police seek man after fatal shooting in Annapolis


Annapolis police were searching last night for a suspect they have charged with murder in the shooting of an Annapolis resident late Friday near an American Legion hall in the western part of the city.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Shawn Eric Woodlin, 30, who police believe last lived in the first block of Bunche St. in Annapolis. He was charged with fatally shooting 36-year-old Howard Eugene Stevens of the 300 block of Atwater Drive.

Woodlin may be driving a white 1996 Ford truck with Maryland license plate 86L465 and "4X4" written in red on the back, police said.

Police discovered Stevens' body in the parking lot of the American Legion Cook-Pinkney Post in the 1700 block of Forest Drive about 11:45 p.m. after they responded to a report of a shooting. Stevens had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

There had been a social gathering at the post earlier in the evening, said Officer Hal Dalton, a Police Department spokesman.

Stevens and Woodlin knew each other and "there is some evidence that they were engaged in an ongoing dispute," Dalton said.

Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is asked to call police at 410-268-4141.

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