Man charged with shooting UMD medical school employee told police they had dated

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A Hollins Market man arrested for allegedly shooting a University of Maryland School of Medicine employee told investigators yesterday that he and the victim had been in a relationship and that he wanted him dead, according to charging documents.

“I wanted to kill him… I want him dead,” Jamar Haughton allegedly told detectives while confessing to the shooting, according to a statement of probable cause. “I shot him in the eye and if he doesn’t die I will not stop!”

Haughton, 24, has been charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and several gun-related offenses in the shooting of a 26-year-old man near an ambulance bay outside the entrance to Shock Trauma the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The man was shot in the face and buttocks, wounds that left him in need of surgery, police said. Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief at University of Maryland Shock Trauma, told media yesterday that the man was “critically ill,” adding, “We are, of course, quite hopeful that everything will be OK, but it is way too early to tell that at this point.”

Police said in an update last night that the man’s condition had been upgraded from critical to critical but stable.

The shooting happened Monday morning just after 7 a.m. in the 600 block of W. Redwood Street. It prompted a brief lockdown at the hospital that ended after two University of Maryland-Baltimore police officers had detained Haughton several blocks away.

According to the probable cause statement, Haughton and the victim were, as police summarized, in an “intimate relationship but separated after some time dating.” Haughton told detectives he was upset that the victim left him “for a female” and demanded closure, which the victim “would not provide.”

Police recovered a Beretta 9mm handgun from Haughton after arresting him, the document said. The serial number on the weapon indicated it had been stolen from Anne Arundel County.

Haughton faces 10 total charges. He recently had a peace order, a form of legal protection issued by a court for individuals seeking to be left alone, issued against him this past December, court records show.

Per WJZ’s Mike Hellgren, a court issued the order due to Haughton allegedly stalking and stealing photos from someone while he was working at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Hopkins said in a statement that Haughton was working there in a facilities position leading up to the shooting yesterday. He’s since been terminated.

A defense attorney is not currently listed with his name in court records. He’s due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March 5.

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