NSA, ICC shooting suspect in custody at hospital

FORT MEADE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man suspected of five shootings in multiple Maryland counties, including at an NSA building and on the ICC, is in custody at a hospital.

Thirty-five-year-old Hong Young of Beltsville, a former corrections officer, is charged 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 Feb. 24 incident on Arundel Mills Blvd.

He is believed to be responsible for five shootings in Maryland. The first occurred on Feb. 24 on Arundel Mills Blvd. the second and third incidents happened on March 2 at Walmart in Laurel, Md. and the AMC theater in Columbia, Md. On March 3, the NSA building was struck by gunfire and a vehicle on the ICC was also hit by gunfire.

RELATED STORY: A vehicle traveling on the ICC was struck by gunfire on Tuesday

Law enforcement from several jurisdictions are working together on the case. At a press conference on Wednesday, police revealed that Anne Arundel County and Howard County police officers were patrolling the area of Arundel Mills Circle prior to Young's arrest Tuesday night. Prince George's County police tied the evidence from the shooting incidents together after running lab tests.

"This case truly was good old-fashioned police work at its finest," said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare on Wednesday. "Officers shared information and ultimately located and removed this person from the community before he took someone's life."

Anne Arundel County police released a map showing the location of all five shootings, listed here in chronological order:

1) 7661 Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover - 7:30 a.m. on February 24

2) Walmart at 3549 Russet Green East in Laurel - 2:50 a.m. March 2

3) AMC movie theater at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia - 4:51 a.m. March 2

4) Inter-County Connector (ICC) in Laurel -- March 3

5) Building near NSA at Fort Meade - 6 p.m. March 3

RELATED STORY: 1 injured in shooting near Arundel Mills Mall

Police have not yet determined the motive behind the shootings but say that it does not appear to be related to any potential domestic terrorism. Police officers are still questioning Young.

On Wednesday morning, police surrounded a Beltsville home. A woman there identified herself as Young's mother. She says that Young was recently laid off from his job. She also said she has been calling him constantly since Tuesday night to find out if he is okay but has not been able to reach him.

Young's mother shared a high school graduation picture of her son with WUSA9. She told us he recently obtained a handgun license but knew nothing about the shootings.

Tuesday night at 10:30, Anne Arundel County police arrested a driver in a blue 1999 Lincoln Town car outside the Costco at Arundel Mills Mall. The officers were conducting surveillance in connection to the shooting on Arundel Mills Blvd. from Feb. 24 that injured a 61-year-old victim, apparently chosen at random. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description and made a traffic stop, say police.

A WUSA9 photojournalist captured video of a blue car pulled over in the area of Arundel Mills Circle on Tuesday night. See the video here.

Police officials tell us that inside the vehicle officers found .380 shell casings in plain view along with a .380 semi-automatic handgun. It is same caliber handgun used in the shots fired incidents, say police, and ballistics testing indicates a match.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Western District Detectives at 410-222-6155 or call 410-222-4700.


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