Two hurt in Lusby shooting

CAROL HARVAT (Southern Maryland Newspaper)
March 12, 2010

MARYLAND – One man was shot in the head and another in the hand as they were driving in a vehicle around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning on Bowie Trail Road in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, according to police.

“Initially, this looks like it’s gang related,” said Lt. Steve Jones of the Calvert Investigative Team on Wednesday.

According to Det. Michael Mudd of the Calvert Investigative Team, an on-going dispute between rival street gangs resulted in an altercation that lead to two vehicles containing alleged gang members crashing at the intersection of Bowie Trail and Bowie Court. The two vehicles were each traveling at a high rate of speed toward each other when they collided. A suspect in one of the vehicles, a white SUV, produced a small caliber handgun and fired multiple shots at the other vehicle involved, striking the two victims who were still seated in the car, a Calvert Investigative Team press release stated.

A small caliber weapon was used, and Jones said he heard that the shot that hit the man’s head did not go through his brain. He was airlifted to the Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center in Cheverly. Kevin Accord, 17, of Lusby was shot in the head; although serious, it appears that the injuries are non-life threatening, the press release stated.

“It looks like he’s stable, from what I’m hearing,” Jones said Wednesday.

The second man, who was shot in the hand, Justin Gibson, 19, of Lusby, was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The suspects in the white SUV were located on Six Gun Circle by Deputy Mark Fitzgerald and Deputy Jeffrey Denton. At that time, the suspects were advising that they were the victims. According to the suspects, a third and fourth vehicle, which police say are associated with a gang, were involved and had been firing shots at the suspects. However, at this time, there is no evidence to support this claim, according to the press release.

“We have three suspects in custody now,” Jones said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The resulting investigation led to the discovery of evidence that showed that the suspects were in fact the perpetrators of the shooting and after interviews of the three suspects, further evidence was obtained which led to them being charged. Marquis Angelo Glover,16, Aris Xavier Curtis, 19, and Trevon Nakeem Benjamin,17, all of Lusby were arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and associated weapon violation offenses.

Search warrants were executed on the afternoon of March 10 where several handguns and further evidence were recovered. The State’s Attorney’s Office indicates the juveniles will be charged as adults.

Recently, the ongoing feud between rival gangs has resulted in multiple arrests relating to a prior assault. Several other ongoing investigations are continuing involving these two rival gang members to include burglaries, assaults, armed robberies and drug and firearm violations.

charvat@somdnews.com

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