A Clinton man remained hospitalized in critical condition yesterday after being shot multiple times during what a police charging document called a road rage incident at a busy Prince George's intersection during Wednesday evening rush hour.

The victim, identified in the charging paper and by law enforcement officials as Keith L. Ingaharra of Clinton, was shot "approximately four times" with a Glock .45-caliber handgun, according to the charging document.

It alleges that Alfred L. Evans, 39, of Upper Marlboro shot Ingaharra and was identified as the attacker by two witnesses. Evans was arrested shortly after the attack and provided a written statement admitting he committed the shooting, the charging document said.

He was jailed pending a hearing scheduled for today in Prince George's District Court.

State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey (D) declined to comment on the specifics of the case because it is pending. But Ivey said the attack was part of a disturbing trend in Prince George's in which people use deadly force to settle trivial disputes.

"Whether it's road rage or some other minor altercation, like someone cutting in a line or someone owing a small amount of money, [that seems] to be enough for people to resort to deadly force," Ivey said.

Ivey said an increase in what he called "low-flash-point" attacks is one of the reasons he announced last week that his office would begin seeking jail sentences of one year for first-time offenders of gun laws. Unless they are charged with committing a violent crime, such offenders in Prince George's typically have received from no jail time to 90 days.

According to the police charging document, Evans was prohibited from carrying a gun because he had a protective order against him in Howard County. Efforts to find such a protective order by checking Howard County court records were unsuccessful.

The attack occurred about 6:30 p.m. at Old Alexandria Ferry Road and Virginia Avenue.

According to police, Ingaharra left the Nissan and approached Evans's Mercedes-Benz with his arms raised up to his sides, away from his body.

Evans shot Ingaharra multiple times before driving away, according to the charging document.

Witnesses gave police a description of the Mercedes and its license plate, a police spokeswoman said. Evans was arrested shortly thereafter, standing near his car at his home in the 9900 block of Gay Drive in Upper Marlboro, police said.

A .45-caliber Glock was recovered from the Mercedes, according to the charging document.

The shooting was the latest serious road rage attack in the Washington area in recent years. In May 2003, a District man -- enraged because he believed another motorist was driving too slowly -- pulled the other man out of his car and beat him to death with his hands. The two men were strangers. The attacker was shot to death by a police officer.

In June 2002, an Alexandria man was punched and cut with a machete after a road rage incident, Fairfax County police said. In that encounter, a man was driving in the Lincolnia area when the driver of a pickup truck made an offensive hand gesture and swerved toward the first man's car, police said.

Both vehicles stopped, and one of the three men who were in the truck punched the Alexandria man, and another struck him in the arm with a machete, police said.

Staff writer Ylan Q. Mui and staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.