Drive-By Shooting in Mechanicsville: Two Arrested, One Wanted

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - St. Mary's County is now being indoctrinated into the fine art of drive-by shootings. According to the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI), several suspects fired several shots into a Mechanicsville residence from their vehicle last Friday.

The shooting occurred on January 26, 2007 at approximately 9:42 p.m. According to police, the suspects drove past an occupied residence on Tanyard Drive in Mechanicsville and fired a gun at the home. Several shots penetrated the house and lodged in the interior.

Justin R. Quade, 18 years-old, from Chaptico, and an unidentified 17 year-old male from Mechanicsville, were both arrested and charged with First Degree Assault.

A warrant is on file and police are currently seeking a third suspect, Leroy Christopher Neal, a black male, 31 years-old, from Mechanicsville. Citizens who have knowledge of Neal's whereabouts can contact police on 301-475-4041 or 911.

Police believe that the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute with some residents of the house. The residents in question were not home at the time of the shooting.

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