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Man who used stolen hand gun arrested for attempted murder

 

Waldorf, MD - An Accokeek man has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder after he fired shots into a crowd of people at an apartment complex Saturday, July 7. Two people were seriously wounded. 

According to charging documents, officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a shooting on Ell Lane. Upon arrival, there were two gunshot victims located at 12155 Ell Lane, which is a multiple unit apartment complex. One victim was shot in the buttocks, and another in their inner right thigh above his knee. According to police, this injury caused the victim to lose a large amount of blood and gravely endangered his life. Both victims were flown to a trauma center for treatment of their injuries. 

The Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene and assumed the investigation. During the investigation, officers found several spent .40 caliber shell casings on the ground to the rear of 12155 Ell Lane. A further search of the area revealed a fragment from of the projectiles fired during the shooting. 

Officers were able to make contact with the building manager, who advised there were surveillance cameras in use at the apartment complex. The shooting and the events prior to the shooting were captured on surveillance. In the video, officers noted that they could see a silver passenger car, later identified as a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, slowly drive in front of 12155 Ell Lane, where three males were standing on the sidewalk leading to the apartment complex.  The car's headlights were turned off and an unknown suspect, later identified as David Nicholas Butler-Charles, exited the vehicle, and walked behind the apartment building. The suspect then started to shoot with a semi-automatic handgun, into the group of people standing in the breezeway. It is reported that the gunman shot multiple times into the group. The suspect then ran back to the waiting silver vehicle, entering through the passenger side. A male who was standing in the front of the building produced a handgun and fired back at the suspect. He can then be seen limping as he flees the area as a passenger in a silver/gray SUV that was driven by an unknown heavy set black female. 

Additional reviews of the surveillance videos revealed the suspect car's license plate. Through checks with the MVA, the officers were able to establish that the vehicle was registered to David Nicholas Butler-Charles. A criminal background check was conducted on Butler-Charles, which revealed he had just been arrested May 8 for possessing two loaded handguns in his vehicle. 

The following day, July 8, at approximately 2:57 a.m., an officer from the Charles County Sheriff's Office located Butler-Charles' vehicle in the parking lot of the Seven -11 on Post Office Road. A felony stop was conducted on the vehicle and Butler-Charles was arrested and transported to the Criminal Investigations Division for questioning. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for Butler-Charles' vehicle and cell phone. 

A search of the car revealed a loaded .9mm handgun. There was a round in the chamber, making it able to be fired immediately. A check of the handgun's serial number revealed it to be reported stolen from Newport News, Virginia. A check with the Newport News police department confirmed it was indeed a stolen gun. Additionally, an enormous amount of ammunition was located with multiple magazines, and other gun-related items. It was reported that some of the ammunition was live and spent casings for the .40 caliber ammunition. This was consistent with the spent shell casings that had been found at the Ell Lane location the day before. 

The Maryland State Police Gun Center was contacted and it was learned that Butler-Charles is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition from the following prior events: Adjudicated Delinquent on May 13, 2011, Conspiracy in the first degree, and he is currently under indictment in Charles County. 

A search of his cell phone revealed photos that had been taken on Butler-Charles' phone of semiautomatic hand guns and semi automatic assault rifles. These images corresponded with text messages on Butler-Charles phone that indicated he is indeed selling handguns, including the .40 caliber handgun used in the shooting. 

Butler-Charles has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of first-degree assault and numerous other gun charges. 

He is currently being held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center. No court date has been provided at this time. 

Contact Suzzi Copeland at s.copeland@thebaynet.com

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