RadioOnFire.com – One male is in custody and a second male remains at large in connection with a Taneytown home invasion early Tuesday that left a teenage boy injured, Maryland State Police said. Police have charged Charles O. Caradine, 31, of Taneytown, faces charges including attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, first-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, armed robbery and four counts each of first- and second-degree assault. Caradine was taken to Carroll County Detention Center, where he awaits a bond hearing.
Just before 2 a.m., Taneytown police officers responded to a reported shooting in a multi-family apartment building in the unit block of East Baltimore Street. Police found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he is in stable condition.
Taneytown Police Chief Jason Etzler asked state troopers to conduct the investigation. Police said two armed burglars forced their way into the apartment. They confronted the victim’s father and a young child and demanded to see the victim. One of the intruders struck the father in the head with a gun. The intruders forced their way into a bedroom, where the victim was shot. Both assailants then fled. Neither the child nor a fourth person in the apartment was hurt. The father declined treatment.
The motive is unclear, police spokesman Greg Shipley said. “Our investigators are right now going before a judge the circuit court for Carroll County to obtain search warrants for various locations, and they’ll be serving those search warrants with the assistance of our crime scene technicians throughout the afternoon,” Shipley said. Investigators soon developed one suspect, who lived nearby. Troopers went to his home and arrested him without incident. State troopers are in the process of obtaining additional search warrants, Shipley said.