Police: More Incidents Linked to Man in Maryland Shootings

Police say they've linked two more incidents to a Maryland man suspected of shooting at random drivers and public spaces, including a National Security Agency (NSA) building.

Laurel Police announced Tuesday that they have connected 35-year-old Hong Young of Beltsville with a shooting and vandalism at two restaurants March 2, a day before he was arrested in another case.

Police said officers found four bullet holes in the windows of a buffet restaurant, as well as shattered windows at another buffet about two miles away. Video surveillance at the second restaurant shows a man getting out of a car linked to the other shootings and throwing rocks at the windows.

Young was arrested March 3 after police saw a car fitting the description of the suspect vehicle in the earliest shooting incident, dating back to Feb. 24. 

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and other charges, and has been ordered held without bail.

In the earliest shooting, which happened Feb. 24, a 61-year-old man had just stopped at the Costco at Arundel Mills to get gas when another man drove up next to him and began shooting, hitting the victim's vehicle several times. The victim was grazed by a bullet.

Two shootings were initially reported March 2, in addition to the March 2 incidents police announced Tuesday.

First, around 2:50 a.m. that day, shots were reported fired in the parking lot of a Walmart in Laurel, but police found no injuries or damages. Two hours later, shots were reported fired at a movie theater at the Columbia Mall. Investigators found bullet holes in the front glass and shell casings. No one was injured.

The following day, a tree service truck with two men inside was struck by bullets on the Maryland Intercounty Connector (ICC). One man was injured by shattered glass; the other man found a bullet fragment in his clothes but was not hurt.

Later, gunshots struck a building near the headquarters of the National Security Association (NSA) at Fort Meade. No one was injured.

Young has no terror-related ties, a federal official told NBC Justice Correspondent Pete Williams. The suspect suffers from mental health issues, Williams reported.

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