By MEREDITH SOMERS
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — There was a break in the case of a man who fired shots on several occupied vehicles and the headquarters of the National Security Agency when he returned to the scene of the first shooting, police said Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Prince George’s County man was arrested Tuesday night near Arundel Mills mall, where shots were fired Feb. 24. A man driving away from a gas station near the mall was injured by glass shot out from his car, police said.
Shots were also fired on vehicles on a busy highway, near a Walmart, near a movie theater and on the NSA building. The locations were within a 12-mile radius in the Baltimore-Washington suburbs. No one was seriously hurt.
The suspect was arrested when police spotted a 1999 Lincoln Town Car that looked suspicious in a parking lot because the store near the mall was closed, police said. The car was also spotted at some of the other shootings.
No other details about the shooting suspect or a motive were immediately released. Police planned a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.
Police pulled the driver over near the mall and saw evidence that linked him to the NSA shooting and other recent shootings, Anne Arundel County police spokesman T.J. Smith said. Smith declined to say what that evidence was, but four shootings were linked through ballistic evidence, said Lt. Jarriel Jordon, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police. Another Prince George’s police spokesman, Pfc. Michael Owen, said the gun used in the shootings, a semi-automatic pistol, was at his department’s lab.
Following the mall shooting, there were reports of shots fired Monday near a Walmart in Laurel and outside the AMC movie theater at the Mall in Columbia.
On Tuesday, someone fired on a truck on the Inter-County Connector in Prince George’s County. One man was injured by breaking glass from his vehicle and was treated at a hospital and released. Police found a bullet fragment on the clothing of another man in the vehicle.
Later Tuesday, the NSA reported damage to one of its buildings.
Associated Press writers Juliet Linderman in Baltimore and Jessica Gresko and Amanda Myers in Washington contributed to this story.
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