Po­lice ID at­tempted mur­der gun­man

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — In­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied the gun­man who al­legedly tried to kill two ri­vals last month when he opened fire in an Elk­ton neigh­bor­hood, and now they are try­ing to cap­ture him, po­lice re­ported.

The sus­pect, Kyle Daniel Smith, 24, ini­tially was charged with two counts each of at­tempted first­de­gree mur­der, at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault and at­tempted rob­bery, in ad­di­tion to seven other of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman, re­ported that a Ce­cil County grand jury has since in­dicted Smith in the at­tempted mur­der case.

Smith, whose nick­name is “Greezy,” is ac­cused of pulling a hand­gun on two men about 5 p.m. on June 2 while they were play­ing basketball in the area of Road 2 and Cow Lane in Hollingsworth Manor and try­ing to rob them.

At one point, Smith al­legedly pointed the gun at the head of one of the men and made a ref­er­ence to that man’s cousin, who had been “shot in the past,” ac­cord­ing to court records. Then Smith al­legedly threat­ened, “I’m gonna do you like I did your cousin,” court records show.

The two men started

run­ning to­ward Hunts­man Drive to get away from the gun­man and that’s when Smith al­legedly opened fire, prompt­ing “mul­ti­ple wit­nesses” who were nearby to flee, po­lice said. One of those wit­nesses later told de­tec­tives that she heard “four of five shots” ring out af­ter Smith had pointed the gun at the two men, po­lice added.

Nei­ther vic­tim was wounded, ac­cord­ing to court records, which also in­di­cate that Smith was last seen en­ter­ing a Road 2 res­i­dence af­ter the two men had fled to safety.

While pro­cess­ing the crime scene, EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered seven spent 9mm semi-au­to­matic shell cas­ings near Hunts­man Drive and Pheas­ant Drive, court records show.

EPD of­fi­cials are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in lo­cat­ing Smith. Their re­quest in­cludes a cau­tion.

“The sus­pect is wanted by the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment for at­tempted mur­der in ref­er­ence to a shoot­ing in­ci­dent, which oc­curred

on June 2 in the Hollingsworth Manor neigh­bor­hood,” Zurolo said, adding, “The firearm used has not been re­cov­ered and he should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous.”

Smith is from Philadel­phia, but he fre­quents Hollingsworth Manor and pos­si­bly still could be in the area, Zurolo re­ported.

Sev­eral mo­ments af­ter those shots were fired in Hollingsworth Manor, an­other shoot­ing in­ci­dent oc­curred out­side the nearby West End Gar­dens mo­tel in the 200 block of West Pu­laski High­way, po­lice re­ported.

As it turns out, one of the vic­tims in that Hollingsworth Manor in­ci­dent — Rashawn Isa­iah Alexan­der, 20, of the 100 block of Beech Drive in Elk­ton — ac­ci­den­tally shot him­self in the hand and his preg­nant girl­friend in the stom­ach while in­side a car out­side that mo­tel, po­lice said.

Aside from Alexan­der’s in­volve­ment, it is not clear if the West End Gar­dens shoot­ing in­ci­dent re­lates to the Hollingsworth Manor shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not de­ter­mined if Alexan­der had armed him­self with the in­tent of re­turn­ing to

Hollingsworth Manor to find Smith, af­ter Smith al­legedly had opened fire on him and his com­pan­ion, po­lice re­ported.

“Rashawn Alexan­der left the scene with his girl­friend,” Zurolo said, re­port­ing how Alexan­der de­parted the Hollingsworth Manor area af­ter Smith al­legedly opened fire there.

Out­side of West End Gar­dens sev­eral mo­ments later, Alexan­der was hold­ing a hand­gun when it dis­charged, po­lice said. The bul­let ripped through his hand and then

struck his ad­ja­cent girl­friend in the stom­ach, po­lice added.

“The male vic­tim was get­ting into a ve­hi­cle at West End Gar­dens with the fe­male,” Zurolo ex­plained at the time. “While the male be­gan to pick up a hand­gun from the seat of the ve­hi­cle, the gun fired and the round went through the male vic­tim’s hand and into the fe­male vic­tim’s stom­ach.”

An am­bu­lance trans­ported the wounded woman to Chris­tiana Hospi­tal, po­lice said at the time, adding that the woman and her un­born baby sur­vived.

Also taken by am­bu­lance, Alexan­der was treated at Union Hospi­tal in Elk­ton and was dis­charged, po­lice re­ported.

EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors filed five crim­i­nal charges against Alexan­der, in­clud­ing reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and hand­gun on person, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Court records in­di­cate that Alexan­der, who had gone from vic­tim in one case to sus­pect in an­other in a mat­ter of mo­ments on June 2, was ar­rested on June 8 and was re­leased the same day af­ter post­ing a $40,000 bond.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

Po­lice are look­ing for this at­tempted mur­der sus­pect, Kyle Daniel Smith, 24, who is ac­cused of open­ing fire on two men in Hollingsworth Manor on June 2.

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