Less than an hour after Baltimore police announced they were looking for the shooting suspect they had labeled their latest "Public Enemy No. 1," officers announced he was in custody.
Jamal Williams, 20, was arrested on suspicion of shooting into a crowd early Sunday in Northeast Baltimore and injuring two people near Morgan State University, Baltimore police said.
At a press conference staged at Federal Hill Park overlooking the Inner Harbor, police described Williams as a "violent criminal" who had callously fired into a group of seven or eight people, wounding a man in the right shin and a woman in the left forearm.
"He shot up a community," Lt. Col. Dan Lioli said. "We're trying to get this guy off the street."
Police solicited the public's help during the press conference, passing out fliers stamped with "Public Enemy Number 1" and a past mug shot of Williams, while also using social media to circulate an electronic version on Twitter.
It was the third time police have named a "public enemy" this year, and the past two — both accused murder suspects — have also been arrested days after police labeled them the city's most wanted.
At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police said Williams was at a house party in the 4400 block of Marble Hall Road when a dispute broke out. Police said he left, came back as the party was dying down and opened fire. Police declined to release the identities of the wounded, who were treated at area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the Baltimore Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force, a group of local law enforcement officers led by Baltimore police, found Williams, but details on his arrest were not available. His last known address was in the 1500 block of Lochwood Road, police said. No lawyer was listed in court records and relatives could not be immediately located.
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