Police arrested a man suspected of killing 25-year-old Marc Terrell Hill Jr. in Annapolis after he fled from officers in Baltimore City to Glen Burnie on a dirt bike Tuesday.
Israel Thompson was charged with first and second-degree murder and seven other offenses in the death of Hill, who was shot multiple times on April 3, Annapolis Police Chief Ed Jackson said in a news conference.
Hill, a Glen Burnie man, died of his injuries after he was flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma Center. His death marked the city’s only homicide so far in 2021.
Police used forensic evidence from shell casings and security footage from a camera on Newtowne Drive to identify Thompson as a suspect. Thompson and Hill kneweach other and Annapolis, Jackson said.
“I can speak for all police chiefs, we wake up every day concerned about the availability of handguns and people’s willingness to use them. When you look at the surveillance video you see guns,” Jackson said.
Jackson said the shooting involved a dispute but declined to provide a further motive. The investigation is ongoing and Thompson is considered a suspect in other crimes in the area.
Thompson was arrested by Anne Arundel County police. His charges were not available in the Maryland court’s record system as of Tuesday evening.
“Today is a good day for the residents of this city,” Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said. “We’re never going to tolerate this kind of violence in the community and Newtowne Drive is not going to tolerate it.”
Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, whose Ward 4 includes Newtowne Drive, said Thompson’s arrest was a small sign of relief for a community coping with the violent crime.
Finlayson previously asked to send crisis response units to the Woodside Gardens apartment complex in the same block where the shooting took place. Hill’s death in April was at least the second outbreak of gun violence in the same neighborhood in two weeks.
On March 23, Annapolis police charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder after a shooting and a possible robbery on Newtowne Drive.
The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis is currently rebuilding its apartment complex on Newtowne Drive, Newtowne 20. After demolishing the old buildings late last year, construction began in March.
When completed next year, it is expected to include a new community building and open space.