4 young adults face criminal charges after shooting incident

Four people have been arrested in Laurel after a fatal shooting incident. The four young adults — varying in age between 18 and 22 — are accused of being involved in the murder, which occurred when the 24-year-old victim was shot multiple times while driving his car. The four were apprehended by Maryland police officers under various criminal charges.

On Jan. 23, local police officers were called to the scene of a single car crash where the driver had apparently crashed into a tree. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers were able to determine that the driver had suffered from multiple gunshot wounds before crashing the car. He was transported to an area hospital where he passed away shortly thereafter. An alleged witness claimed that when the man crashed his car, another man — who was holding a handgun — and a woman were standing nearby, and they fled the scene after the crash.

When the officers searched the man’s car, they say they found an unspecified quantity of oxycodone pills and a cell phone. The police indicated that the phone contained messages between the victim and another person arranging to meet and supposedly buy drugs. The investigators used this lead to arrest one suspect, but it is not clear what led the officers to arrest the other three suspects.

The suspect who had purportedly been texting the victim faces serious criminal charges that include first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery. The other three suspects face accusations of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and handgun violations. Especially since the Maryland suspects are so young, all necessary actions will need to be taken in order to ensure that their legal rights are safeguarded during each criminal proceeding in order to ensure that each individual receives a fair and unbiased trial.

Source: abc2news.com, Howard County police arrest 4 in Laurel homicide, No author, Jan. 28, 2014

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