Man accused of multiple shootings in region linked to another in Laurel, police say

The Beltsville man accused of multiple shootings across the region in recent weeks has been linked to another in Laurel, in which a restaurant window was shot out, the city's police department said Tuesday.

That shooting, in which four bullet holes were found in the front window of the Grand E Buffet & Grill in the 9600 block of Fort Meade Road on March 2, is the latest in a string of shootings attributed by regional police forces to Hong Young, a 35-year-old former corrections officer.


Young was taken into custody by Anne Arundel County Police on March 3, and ordered held without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Monday after prosecutors cited concerns that he is a flight risk and a threat to the community.

Young is charged with attempted first-degree murder in Anne Arundel, accused of firing at a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man near Arundel Mills mall on Feb. 24. The man was not seriously injured.


He is also likely to face additional charges in several other shootings in the area, police have said.

In addition to the Arundel Mills incident, Young is accused of shooting the windshield of a vehicle traveling on the Intercounty Connector, and firing near a building affiliated with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, near a Wal-Mart in Laurel and at the AMC Theatres at The Mall in Columbia.

Authorities are also investigating whether Young fired shots toward the Maryland Live casino at Arundel Mills.

Police located a .380-caliber pistol in Young's vehicle — which matched the description of a vehicle spotted near some of the shooting scenes — after pulling him over near Arundel Mills.

Police said Young admitted to the shootings in the area, telling police that he had been "hearing voices" that told him to commit the shootings.

Anne Arundel police said a subsequent search of Young's home uncovered a backpack containing protein bars, toilet paper and a passport — which they said was an indication that he was "prepared to flee the jurisdiction."

Police also recovered 10 firearms from the home, they said. Prince George's County Police said a ballistics test last week matched bullets from four of the shootings.

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On Tuesday, Laurel Police said detectives had recovered bullets from the shooting at the Grand E Buffet & Grill as well, and linked Young to the shooting. Police did not report any injuries in the shooting.


They also said they have linked Young to a separate vandalism incident at the Teppanyaki Grill and Bar in the 14100 block of Baltimore Avenue.

In that incident, surveillance footage captured a man "arrive in a grayish blue Lincoln Town Car, exit the vehicle, and repeatedly throw rocks at the windows before getting back into the car and driving away," police said.

That vehicle description matches Young's vehicle, police said.

Laurel Police said they would be working with the state's attorney in Prince George's County to file additional charges against Young.