- The Washington Times - Friday, April 8, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. — A Delaware man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a handgun yesterday went on a two-state shooting spree in which he killed two persons and wounded four, police said.

Police arrested Allison Lamont Norman, 22, of Seaford, Del., about 45 minutes after the first shooting was reported, but would not say last night what triggered the deadly, 16-mile rampage.

“We have a possible motive, but I cannot release it at this time,” said Cpl. Jeff Oldham of the Delaware State Police. Police said Mr. Norman acted alone but declined to say whether he had a relationship with any of the victims.

Mr. Norman was due in Wicomico County Circuit Court on Wednesday for a hearing on four firearms charges, but had failed to appear, said Mark Bowen, clerk of the court. Mr. Bowen said the court issued a bench warrant for Mr. Norman. Those charges stemmed from an Oct. 16 incident in Delmar, according to court papers.

Wicomico County Sheriff R. Hunter Nelms described the incident as a gunfight involving Mr. Norman and another man.

Mr. Norman has been charged with first-degree murder and offenses including the use of a handgun during the commission of a felony. Police say other charges, including attempted murder and carjacking, are pending.

Mr. Norman fired his first shots in Seaford, Del., at about 8:15 a.m., then headed south on Route 13 to the Carvel Gardens apartment complex in Laurel, Del., where he shot two men — killing one and hitting the second in the arm, police said. The survivor was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford with an injury that was not life-threatening.

Iris Weston, 43, said her son, Jamell Weston, 24, was killed at the apartment complex, and his cousin, Marcus Cannon, was wounded. She said police told her that a man, whom she called a “big drug dealer,” shot her son while he was coming back from a bus stop.

“He got shot in the face,” Mrs. Weston said. “He was in the wrong place when the shooting started.” She said police told her that the suspect had been trying to shoot into an apartment where his girlfriend lived.

“It was just poom, poom, poom, poom, you know,” said Matilda Smith, 47, a resident at the apartments. “It just scared me so bad.”

Mrs. Smith said she saw a young man covered in blood fall off the air-conditioning unit on which he was sitting.

“I stood there and couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said.

Police said the suspect stole a black Ford Focus sedan from the apartment complex, fatally shot a dog, then proceeded to the Discount Land shopping center on Route 13, where he shot a man in the stomach and leg.

The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and is reported in stable condition.

Witnesses said the man was shot on the side of the road while trying to hitch a ride, then staggered along the storefronts before collapsing.

The suspect also shot at but missed a municipal worker on a trash truck in Delmar before crossing into Maryland and heading into downtown Salisbury at about 8:30 a.m., police said.

The suspect shot three persons in Salisbury neighborhoods near an elementary school, police said. One died and the other two were taken to Peninsula Regional, where they were in serious condition, hospital spokesman Roger Follebout Jr. said.

Maryland State Police Lt. Robert Bambary said the shooting did not involve students or teachers. However, area schools were locked down through the morning, in part because of a report that the suspect was with a child whom he intended to drop at school.

The lockdown was lifted at about 10:40 a.m. after authorities told school officials “the situation was under control,” said Tracy Sahler, a spokeswoman for the Wicomico County school system.

Before his arrest, the suspect ran a vehicle into a house, then carjacked another vehicle, police said.

Police identified Davondale M. Peters, 28, of Salisbury, as one of the two persons killed. Witnesses told police Mr. Norman may have carjacked Mr. Peters before shooting him.

After firing into several homes and at two pit bulls in a yard, police said, Mr. Norman left with a third pit bull. He then accosted Mr. Peters. Witnesses told police they saw the men arguing before Mr. Norman shot Mr. Peters.

On another street, the gunman fired into a vehicle, striking Marsha L. Henderson, of Salisbury. She was treated at Peninsula Regional and released.

Mr. Norman fled on foot, shooting into several more vehicles and wounding Carla D. Green, 33, of Salisbury. Police said she was in critical condition at Peninsula Regional. Mr. Norman then broke into a nearby house and terrorized an elderly couple before fleeing. A woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution because of a heart condition.

Mr. Norman was arrested after residents pointed him out hiding behind a vehicle. He was caught after a brief foot chase, the Maryland State Police said.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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