Maryland Man Opened Fire Over Parking Spot, Police Say

A Maryland man was charged with attempted murder after police say he opened fire on a driver who parked in his assigned spot. 

Cornelius H. Harcum, 47, is accused of shooting three times at a man who he said had parked in his spot in Columbia, the Howard County Police Department said in a statement released Tuesday. 

The victim, who was not identified, told police he parked in a residential parking lot while visiting a friend early Monday morning. As he stood outside his car, Harcum approached him, told him to move and then fired three shots in his direction, police say the victim said.

He had never met the man. 

The victim was not hit, but two bullets struck his car.

Officers responded at about 2:15 a.m. to the 6300 block of Red Haven Road. The location is about a mile northwest of the Columbia Crossing shopping center. 

After investigating, Howard County police identified Harcum through surveillance video provided by a resident. 

He was arrested Monday and charged with attempted first-and second-degree murder, first-and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a firearm and related charges. 

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. He is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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