Anne Arundel County authorities investigating shootings last weekend at a private party at an Odenton fire hall are also looking into whether the event's organizers mischaracterized it to obtain a one-day liquor license.
Three people were wounded when a gunman opened fire with a shotgun. A fourth was critically injured when she was struck by a passing vehicle as she fled the fire hall to escape the gunfire. The alleged gunman was also in critical condition from a gunshot wound and injuries suffered when he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole as he fled the scene.
The organizers told the county liquor board that the event was a "2nd anniversary party" for an Annapolis couple and was to include a jazz band, a disc jockey and about 125 guests.
The liquor license application was signed by three women. One of the women, Temika Young, 31, wrote on the application that it was her anniversary that was being celebrated. She did not return calls yesterday.
Liquor board chairman Richard C. Bittner and commissioner Melvin Hyatt said in interviews yesterday that they believed the woman had not been truthful in her representation of the event when she applied for the license. The board issues one-day licenses for private parties or such nonprofit events as fundraisers and retirement parties, Bittner said.
The case has been turned over to the county state's attorney's office.
Bittner and Hyatt said Young's application was denied initially because she had not applied at least seven days in advance, as the board typically requires. She also seemed vague about her plans for the evening, Bittner said.
Young then appealed to Hyatt, whom she knew from the Annapolis Housing Authority, where they both work, Hyatt and Bittner said.
After reviewing the case, the three-board commission decided to grant the license, Bittner said.
Bob Rose, president of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, said his staff relied on the organizers' word and the liquor license application in determining that the event was a simple anniversary party.
The department rents out the hall on weekends, typically for wedding parties and fundraisers, which provide an important source of income for the force of 80-plus members, Rose said. The rental contract requires that renters provide their own security, he said.
In April, the liquor board threatened to suspend issuing one-day licenses for the hall after a series of incidents there, including a stabbing in March and a large fight two weeks later.
The board decided against the suspension after the department agreed to be more careful in how it rents out the hall, Bittner said.
"We hadn't had any major incidents there since," he said.
The suspect in the shooting, Terrance C. Medley, 25, of Davidsonville, has been charged with three counts each of second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault. He also has been charged with reckless endangerment, possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.
Police said the shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday after private security guards had removed Medley from the party. He returned a few minutes later with a shotgun and opened fire, they said.
Investigators have not identified a suspect in Medley's shooting.