- The Washington Times - Friday, April 8, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. — A judge yesterday denied bail for a young man charged with murder after an apparently random shooting spree Thursday.

Allison Lamont Norman, 22, seemed agitated and distracted, muttering to himself and uttering a string of profanities as he sat shackled in the courtroom surrounded by guards.

Wicomico County District Judge R. Scott Davis described Norman as a threat to the community and ordered him held without bond.

Norman, meanwhile, blurted statements, including “he shot me,” “who shot me?” “you know who shot you” and “you can’t keep me from being me,” prompting Judge Davis to threaten to muzzle Norman at future court hearings.

Norman, who had been scheduled at a court hearing relating to another gunfire incident Wednesday, was arrested Thursday after a series of shootings that left two dead and four wounded along the 13 miles from Laurel, Del., to Salisbury. Police said he was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a handgun.

Norman also has at least one drug-related felony conviction, Delaware prosecutors said.

State’s Attorney Davis Ruark declined to speculate on Norman’s mental competency.

“That’s going to be determined at a later time,” Mr. Ruark said.

Delaware State Police declined to detail Norman’s criminal background, but a warrant had been issued for his arrest Wednesday after he failed to show up in court on charges related to a shooting at a shopping center and convenience store in Delmar last October.

Court records show he faced one felony and three misdemeanor weapons charges, including illegal firearm possession. The records did not indicate precisely what he was accused of doing.

Authorities were still trying to pinpoint a motive for Thursday’s violence, which started in Laurel, where one man was fatally shot and two others were wounded.

It continued as the gunman fired indiscriminately at cars, homes and pets. Three persons were shot in Salisbury, including one who died, police said.

The man killed in Laurel was Jamell Weston, 24, who was at an apartment complex. His , Marcus Cannon, 18, was shot in the arm.

Police said after Mr. Weston was shot, the gunman went to a Laurel shopping center, shooting a 45-year-old man in the stomach and leg. The victim, who was in stable condition, may have been trying to hitch a ride, unaware that the driver had just shot two men and was fleeing in a stolen car, authorities said.

After leaving Laurel, the gunman drove through Delmar, where more shots were fired. No one was hit, but one bullet lodged in a home near a sleeping child, authorities said.

In Salisbury, the gunman opened fire on people, dogs, cars and homes in a run-down neighborhood near two elementary schools. Davondale M. Peters, 28, was killed and two women were wounded.

Witnesses told police the gunman may have carjacked Mr. Peters before shooting him. They told police they saw the men arguing before the gunman got out of the vehicle and shot Mr. Peters, who died at the scene.

Carla D. Green, 33, was in intensive care yesterday after being shot in the torso, officials said. Marsha L. Henderson was released from a hospital after being treated for a minor gunshot wound.

Norman was charged in Maryland with first-degree murder and handgun violations.

Mr. Ruark said other charges, including attempted murder and carjacking, were possible. Delaware officials said they expected to file charges including murder and attempted murder.

The towns where the shootings took place are on or near U.S. 13, which runs along the Eastern Shore and up to northern Delaware.

Associated Press writer Sarah Brumfield contributed to this report.

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