Wednesday, November 4, 2009

HoCo Turns Attention To Party House

The Sun continues to push on details surrounding the Halloween shooting that left one dead and another young man paralyzed -- and it is turning up some new information about the county's response to another party at the home.

In addition to the alleged shooter and his friend, authorities are investigating the owner of the house that hosted the party, the Sun reported.

A music company apparently promoted Saturday's event on Facebook.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said Monday that investigators found wristbands in the house, usually a sign that admission had been charged, and had talked with "the homeowner."

A police spokeswoman said shots apparently were also fired near the house during a previous party, according to the Sun.

According to Sherry Llewellyn, police were called about 3 a.m. June 20 to the 11000 block of Manorstone Lane after complaints from neighbors. Investigators reported that shots were fired "in the air" outside the house by someone driving by. No one was injured, and no arrests were made. "There was some sort of altercation," Llewellyn said.

Earlier the Sun spoke with the grandmother of one of the victims, who told the paper one of the suspects was no stranger.

Nathaniel Quick and Devin Dixon were friends at Mayfield Middle School in Elkridge, but lost touch in high school. After Quick was shot at a Halloween party in Columbia over the weekend, Dixon visited his former friend's grandmother, who said the shooting left the young man paralyzed.

Dixon broke down in tears.

A few hours after the visit, Dixon was arrested by Howard County police and charged with the attempted murder of his former friend, and the murder of a 19-year-old Silver Spring man.

Police have said they don't believe the victims were targeted. They recovered as many as 21 shell casings from a Glock handgun at the scene.

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