ELKTON — Investigators have captured a man who allegedly shot a rival on the streets of an Elkton-area neighborhood last week and have charged him with attempted murder, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
CCSO detectives arrested the suspect — Rashawn Isaiah Alexander, 23, of the 100 block of Beech Street near Elkton — on Wednesday at the Cecil County District Courthouse, shortly after he had arrived there for an unrelated matter, reported Lt. Michael Holmes, an agency spokesman.
Alexander is facing eight charges, including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or a crime of violence and reckless endangerment, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Scheduled for a Friday bail review hearing, Alexander remained in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond Thursday, court records show. Alexander also is scheduled for an Aug. 23 preliminary hearing, according to court records.
Alexander stands accused of shooting a 34-year-old Elkton man in the 400 block of Willow Drive in the Winding Brook neighborhood, off Fletchwood Road, a short distance southwest of the Delaware state line, in the early morning hours of July 18. (Alexander’s Beech Street residence is part of the Winding Brook neighborhood, police noted.)
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his torso and was taken by private vehicle from the shooting scene to Union Hospital in Elkton, police said. From there, police added, an ambulance transported the wounded man to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where he was treated and later discharged.
CCSO deputies and detectives responded to the 400 block of Willow Drive, as well as the nearby Catfish Tavern (formerly the Fletchwood Inn) on Fletchwood Road, at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 18, after receiving “shots fired” complaints, police reported.
At the outset of the investigation, the exact location of the shooting incident was in question.
“At first, we had two different crime scenes. We learned that there had been a related disturbance in the parking lot the Catfish Tavern shortly before the shooting, and it moved to the 400 block of Willow Court, where the shooting occurred,” Holmes told the Cecil Whig on Thursday.
When CCSO deputies arrived at the scenes, they learned that the shooting victim had been driven in a private vehicle to Union Hospital.
CCSO detectives developed Alexander as the suspect after interviewing witnesses and the shooting victim, according to Holmes. The shooting occurred amid a dispute, Holmes said. As of Thursday, however, information regarding the nature of that disagreement was unavailable.
The July 18 shooting resulting in attempted murder charges against Alexander marks the fourth gunplay incident in the Winding Brook neighborhood and the nearby Catfish Tavern in less than four months, according to Cecil Whig archives and police.
In the earliest incident, a gunman or gunmen opened fire in the area of Chestnut Drive and Winchester Drive at approximately 7 p.m. April 4, police said.
No one was wounded, but an unoccupied vehicle parked outside a Chestnut Drive residence was left riddled with bullet holes, police added.
No arrests have been made in that case.
Then at about 12:30 a.m. on April 18, a gunman or gunmen opened fire in the area of Willow Court and struck three houses and four unoccupied parked vehicles.
People were inside their homes when the shots rang out, because it was shortly after midnight, and the residents who did stir and investigate reportedly did not see anything, police reported.
Investigators determined that bullets struck three nearby homes, including one in the 100 block of Willow Drive, which backs up to Willow Court, police said. Bullets went through that residence, which was occupied, but no one was struck, police added.
No arrests have been made in that case.
Then at approximately 12:30 a.m. June 1, an unknown gunman shot a 27-year-old man in the buttocks in the parking lot of the nearby Catfish Tavern in the 200 block of Fletchwood Road.
The victim was driven by private vehicle to Union Hospital and, from there, an ambulance transported him to Christiana Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening wound and later discharged.
No arrest has been made in that case.