HANOVER, MD. — After a series of shootings were reported to police in Anne Arundel County, a suspect was located and placed under arrest, report police. Hong had filed for a divorce in 2014 and earlier this year, court records show the case was dismissed.
Anne Arundel Police say that on March 3, 2015, at approximately 10:27 p.m., two Anne Arundel County Police Tactical Patrol Officers working a surveillance detail as a result of five shots fired incidents over the last week spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in three of those incidents.
Consequently, the officers conducted an investigative traffic stop on the vehicle, a blue 1999 Lincoln Town Car, near Costco in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Inside of the vehicle, officers located .380 shell casings in plain view along with a .380 semi-automatic handgun, which is the same caliber handgun used in the shots fired incidents. Ballistics testing on the gun and casings preliminarily indicates a match. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle as identified as Hong Young, 35, of 4909 Daisy Creek Terrace in Beltsville, Maryland. Young was taken into custody and subsequent interviews along with the evidence recovered from the vehicle confirmed that he was responsible for all five shots fired incidents in the region. An arrest warrant has since been obtained, charging Young with Attempted First Degree Murder, First and Second Degree Assault, Firearm in the Use of a Violent Felony Crime, Handgun in Vehicle and Reckless Endangerment for the February 24, 2015 incident on Arundel Mills Blvd.
During the last week, detectives continued to collect evidence and work the initial cases to determine if they were connected. Several law enforcement agencies shared information throughout the investigation, which is active and ongoing. They continue to collaborate with this investigation. We are still attempting to assess the potential motive of the suspect, but this does not appear to be related to any potential domestic terrorism.
“This case truly was good old-fashioned police work at its finest,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare. “Officers shared information and ultimately located and removed this person from the community before he took someone’s life.”
Young is currently being held, under police guard, at a local hospital for treatment.
Anyone with additional information on this suspect is asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Western District Detectives at 410-222-6155 or you can provide information at 410-222-4700.
Synopsis of Incidents:
1) Shots Fired (Anne Arundel County Police Department Investigating)
7:30 a.m. February 24, 2015
7661 Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover
Officers responded to an address in Glen Burnie for a shooting that occurred earlier. Upon arrival, officers learned that the 61-year-old male victim stopped at the Costco at Arundel Mills to get gas around 7:30 a.m. When he turned onto Arundel Mills Boulevard on his way home, an unknown male suspect pulled up beside him in a Lincoln Town Car while driving and began firing shots at him. The victim’s vehicle was hit several times and the victim himself was grazed. The suspect fled the area. Video surveillance was obtained of the suspect vehicle and this was released to the media and the public.
2) Shots Fired (Anne Arundel County Police Department Investigating)
2:50 a.m. March 2, 2015
Walmart 3549 Russet Green East in Laurel
(Area of Russett Green E. @ Rt 198)
At 2:50 a.m., officers received a call to respond to the parking lot of the Walmart for a possible gun shots in the area. Several units responded including K-9. Officers met with Walmart staff. It was reported that several shots were heard coming from the area of the parking lot closest to Route 198 @ Russett Green E. The parking lot, roads, and surrounding businesses were checked. No suspect(s) were seen. No damage to property was observed. No injuries were reported.
3) Shots Fired (Howard County Police Department Investigating)
4:51 a.m. March 2, 2015
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia
Anne Arundel County detectives were contacted by the Howard County Police Department regarding a shots fired incident at the movie theater at Columbia Mall. In that incident, a Lincoln Town Car was observed on surveillance video around the same time multiple shots were fired at the movie theater. There were several employees on location, but nobody was hit by the gunfire. Howard County investigators located the bullet holes in the front glass of the Movie Theater and shell casing at the scene.
4) Shots Fired (Prince George’s County Police Department Investigating)
March 3, 2015
On the afternoon of March 3, 2015, a call for shots fired was received on the Inter County Connector in Prince George’s County when multiple shots were fired from an overpass, striking a tree service truck that was occupied by two people.
5) Shots Fired
March 3, 2015
On March 3, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m. shots were fired, striking a building near the NSA at Fort Meade. Further investigation revealed that this incident was connected to the previous incidents.