University of Maryland police arrested a Bowie teenager yesterday in connection with a shooting that wounded a student on the school's College Park campus last week.
The university's Department of Public Safety announced that Marcus P. Bradford, 17, was arrested at his home early yesterday afternoon. Bradford is charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, a handgun violation and five related offenses, university police officials said.
The Aug. 3 shooting, which investigators said was random, alarmed many students and prompted increased security on campus. Police said it was the first random shooting on the campus since the early 1980s.
Detective Jared Stahl identified Bradford as a suspect through good police work and assistance from the community, said Maj. Cathy Atwell, a spokeswoman for the university police department.
"We could not do this without the community's help," Atwell said.
She said she could not say whether additional arrests were anticipated. She said the investigation is continuing.
The shooting occurred about 10 minutes after midnight. A 21-year-old male student was shot in the buttock as he was walking east on Lehigh Road in front of Susquehanna Hall, which houses the English department. The building is near six residence halls on the southwestern edge of campus.
The victim called police from a campus emergency phone and was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was treated.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was released from the hospital several days later in good condition, Atwell said.
The wounded student told police that the person who fired the shot was among four to seven teenagers who appeared to be too young to be college students.
Police said they were seen running in the direction of Baltimore Avenue.
Investigators have not yet identified a motive for the attack, Atwell said.