Baltimore-area police connected a single suspect to five area shooting incidents over the past week. Hong Young, 35, was arrested by Anne Arundel County police on Wednesday night after police recognized his car.
Amid the steady gun violence that continues to plague the area, Young’s case appears unusual on its face. All five incidents happened in very public places, but only one person was injured – with a graze wound. Young’s targets also don’t follow a set pattern. Last week, he appeared at a Costco. On Wednesday, he came out shooting at a tree service truck. Later in the same day, he turned up at the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade. He didn’t even have a consistent time of day.
Police have yet to determine a motive, but say they have all but ruled out domestic terrorism.
Here’s a rundown of the incidents:
Costco, Arundel Mills Blvd in Hanover, Feb. 24, 7:30 a.m. Young allegedly fired several times at a car that was leaving the Costco gas station. The 61-year-old driver suffered a graze wound.
Walmart, Russett Green East in Laurel, March 2, 2 a.m. Staff heard several shots coming from the parking lot. Police and K-9 units were called, but they didn’t see the suspect. No one was injured. Investigators later tied Young to the incident.
Columbia Mall Movie Theater, March 2, 4:50 a.m. Police responded to a call of shots fired at the movie theater. Bullets were found in the front window of the theater, and a shell casing was found at the scene. No one was injured. Officers later obtained surveillance photo, and found Young’s car at the scene.
Inter County Connector, Prince George’s County, March 3, 2:40 p.m. Young fired multiple shots from an overpass above the ICC. On the road below, a tree service truck was struck, shattering the windshield. Two people were in the truck, and one was injured by the broken glass but not a bullet.
Fort Meade, March 3, 6 p.m. Young allegedly shot up a building near the NSA headquarters. No one was injured.
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