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Suspect in Westminster shooting was arrested and charged on Thursday

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 17, 2020

WESTMINSTER, Md. — The suspect responsible for Sunday's Westminster shooting was arrested and charged.

On Sunday, officers from the Westminster Police Department responded to Charles Street and Church Street for reports of shots being fired in the area. According to witnesses, an unknown individual fired a handgun at an occupied vehicle.

The unidentified suspect, as well as the occupants of the vehicle, fled the area in separate vehicles. Officials say that there were no reports of any injuries.

An investigation of this incident lead to a nexus with an ongoing drug investigation in the unit block of East George Street. As a result, the Carroll County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant on Wednesday at 36 East George Street for controlled dangerous substances.

Even though there were no arrests made, information was developed concerning the whereabouts of two individuals, who were both wanted for crimes of violence in Baltimore County. Sean Donta Hardison, of Gwynn Oak, was arrested in the area of 76 Pennsylvania Avenue and Michael Raphael Garrison, of Baltimore, was arrested at 58 Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday.

Both individuals were taken into custody and turned over to Baltimore County Police.

On Tuesday, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for 34-year-old Justin Pierre Carter because he was identified as the suspect in Sunday's Charles Street and Church Street shooting. Carter was arrested on Thursday in Taneytown.

He has been charged with Assault in the First & Second Degree, Handgun violations, Use of a Firearm in a Violent Crime and Reckless Endangerment. He was taken to Central Booking and is currently awaiting his initial appearance before a District Court commissioner.