2 arrested after shots fired near U-Md.

August 4, 2012

Two men were arrested early Saturday after shots were fired toward a crowd of about 200 people in a parking lot near the University of Maryland in College Park, authorities said.

A fight was reported about 12:50 a.m. in the 8200 block of Baltimore Avenue, and arriving officers “saw a man shooting toward” the crowd nearby in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, Prince George’s county police said. One officer pursued the gunman, and another saw more shots fired from an SUV in the lot, police said.

There was no report of injury.

A campus police officer quickly spotted a vehicle with an occupant who appeared to fit the description of a suspect, campus police said. After a short chase, the vehicle stopped near Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive, a main campus entrance, said Capt. Marc Limansky, the campus police spokesman.

He said the driver and another occupant were arrested and a handgun was found. He said a third person apparently fled from the shooting scene. A campus alert was sent but quickly lifted.

The two suspects were identified by county police 18 and 20 years old.

Limansky said neither was a student at the university.

(this item has been updated)

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