Four suspects in a drive-by shooting that took place in Prince Frederick nearly two years ago have been arrested after they were indicted by a grand jury last week, according to the Maryland State Police.
Thomas Chase, 26, and John Neale, 30, both of Barstow; James Jones, 37, of Annapolis; and Derrick Woods, 31, of Landover, each has been charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault.
Police say the four men drove in one car along Arthur King Road in Prince Frederick the night of Sept. 29, 1997, came upon a group of people and fired into the crowd. No one was hit by gunfire and the car sped away. A 20-month investigation ensued before Maryland State Police could identify all four suspects.
A Calvert County sheriff's deputy said the shooting stemmed from a personal dispute between one of the gunmen and a person in the crowd. The suspects were charged with eight criminal offenses against each of the six persons who were fired upon -- a total of 48 counts against each suspect.
Neale, Jones and Woods are being held in the Calvert County Detention Center while Chase is being held by the Maryland Division of Corrections on unrelated charges.