SALISBURY, Md. – Bail was denied Friday for a young man charged with murder after an apparently random shooting spree the day before.
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 deoing to be determined at a later time," Ruark said.
Delaware State Police (search) declined to detail Norman's criminal background, but a warrant had been issued for his arrest on Wednesday after he failed to show up in court on charges related to a shooting at a shopping center and convenience store in Delmar (search) 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.
"Norman is known to Delaware law enforcement," Ruark said.
Authorities were still trying to pinpoint a motive for Thursday's violence, which started in Laurel, where one man was shot dead and two others were wounded. It continued across the border in Maryland as the gunman allegedly fired indiscriminately at cars, homes and pets. Three people were shot in Salisbury, Md., including one who died, police said.
The man killed in Laurel was 24-year-old Jamell Weston, who was at an apartment complex. "He was in the wrong place when the shooting started," said his mother, Iris Weston, 43.
His 18-year-old cousin, Marcus Cannon, was shot in the arm.
Weston's cousin, Nicole Tull, 29, of Salisbury, attended the 20-minute bond hearing.
"He's crazy I guess," Tull said.
Ruark said "he's in a place where he will not be in a position to harm anyone else."
The suspect then went to a Laurel shopping center, shooting a 45-year-old man in the stomach and leg, authorities said. The victim, who was in stable condition, may have been trying to hitch a ride with Norman, unaware that he had just shot two men and was fleeing in a stolen car, authorities said.
After leaving Laurel, Norman allegedly 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, killing Davondale M. Peters (search), 28, and wounding two women.
Witnesses told police may have carjacked Peters before shooting him. They told police they saw the men arguing before Norman got out of the vehicle and shot Peters, who died at the scene.
Carla D. Green, 33, was in intensive care Friday after being shot in the torso, officials said. Marsha L. Henderson was released from a hospital after being treated for a minor gunshot wound.
Also, an elderly woman with a heart condition was taken to a hospital as a precaution after the gunman broke into her home and "terrorized" her and her husband, authorities said.
"It appears to be random," Wicomico County Sheriff Hunter Nelms said.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Norman after a brief foot chase. He did not offer any significant resistance and may have run out of bullets, authorities said.
Norman was charged in Maryland with first-degree murder and handgun violations. 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.