ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a 20-year-old man in Anne Arundel County.
On Thanksgiving Day at about 1:37 p.m., Anne Arundel County Police responded to the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle for multiple reports of shootings.
When officers arrived, they found a man off a paved pathway next to a large field behind the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle Road. Officers immediately began rendering medical aid until relieved by responding fire department personnel.
The victim, identified as 20-year-old Louis Guy Newman III, was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
A second man was located in a courtyard in the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle. The 30-year-old man was taken to a local trauma center with life threatening injuries.
A third man shooting victim was located at a local hospital in Baltimore. The 29-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident.
A large police response converged on the area to include Aviation Units, K-9, Homicide detectives and Evidence Collection Units. As officers were arriving trying to speak with potential witnesses a foot chase was initiated in the 1100 block of Reece Road.
Patrol Officers gave pursuit as the fleeing person was grabbing his waistband/hooded sweatshirt indicative of concealing a firearm. Officers were able to catch up to and detain the man, identified as 19-year-old Keith Irving Brown Eldridge.
Officers and K-9 searched the area and located a loaded handgun along the path Eldridge fled. Patrol officers charged Eldridge with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Firearm related charges.
Detectives will follow-up to determine if Eldridge had any involvement in this incident.
Homicide detectives worked with the Evidence Collection Unit in the identification and collection of several pieces of evidence related to the shootings. Due to it getting dark, the scene was secured overnight where a massive search was conducted on the morning Nov. 27, which lasted throughout the day.
Members of the Anne Arundel County Police Recruit Class along with several members of Search and Rescue Teams combed through the area and located additional evidence related to the shootings.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Newman and determined the cause of death as a gunshot wound(s) with the manner being homicide.
Preliminary investigation revealed a football game took place in the open field behind the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle Road.
A large crowd was present to witness the game between local neighborhoods. At the conclusion of the game is when some type of altercation occurred in which gunfire erupted and the two victims were shot and one was killed.
The Anne Arundel County Police are aware there are several witnesses to this violent holiday tragedy and are asking for the communities assistance in solving this crime.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of Newman and the two other victims.
This is an active and fluid investigation where the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731.
If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.