Police Chief Says Eastport Shootings Weren't Random
Annapolis police believe that the double shooting that took place in Eastport on Sept. 9 was not a random attack.
The two men shot in Eastport on Sept. 9 may have known their attacker(s), Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said Monday night.
"The investigation has led us to be fairly certain that the shootings were not a random act," Pristoop told Annapolis Patch in an interview. "I'm confident the community is not at further risk ... I'm hopeful that we will be able to make an arrest in these cases."
On Sept. 9 police officers found Linwood Hall, 22, of Annapolis, and Deray Brown, 27, of Severna Park shot in the area surrounding Eastport Terrace.
Brown was treated for a gunshot wound to his back at the trauma unit of the Prince George's Hospital Center and released on Sept. 10. Hall is still a patient at Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being shot in the head, back and buttocks.
Hall faces a long road to recovery with "life-altering injuries," Pristoop said.
At the City Council meeting the day after the the shooting, Alderman Fred Paone (R-2nd Ward) voiced concerns about the safety of Eastport's public housing.
Carl Snowden, chairman of Annapolis' Housing Authority board, responded by emphasizing that neither victim lived in a housing authority property. He also said his board moves quickly to evict people from public housing when they are convicted of violent crimes or drug-related charges.
Hall has an arrest record that includes multiple convictions for disorderly conduct, trespassing, criminal possession of a controlled substance and parole violations, according to Anne Arundel County court records. Brown's record shows an arrest for telephone misuse and domestic violence.
Pristoop confirmed to Patch that neither man was a resident of Eastport Terrace or Harbour House, but he said the men were not strangers to those communities.
"We believe the men have connections to the communities and relatives that live in housing," Pristoop said.
He would not comment on whether those connections played a role in the shootings because the investigation is still ongoing. He also asked that anyone who witnessed the Sept. 9 shootings to please come forward and contact the Annapolis Police Department.