UPDATE - Shooting Reported in Annapolis
On September 20th at 7:49 p.m. officers responded to the 1100 block of Madison St for reports of shots fired. Officers located two shooting victims, a 41 year old woman from Annapolis and a 36 year old man, in the 1100 block of Medgar Evers St. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment. The woman’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening, the man’s injuries are more severe.
Officers and Detectives are on scene investigating this incident. This is an active and fluid investigation and we urge anyone with information about this incident to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. You can also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP and submit an anonymous tip. If your tip leads to an arrest or indictment you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
UPDATE – 09/21/17
Information was developed about a person of interest related to this shooting. At 10:45 p.m. on September 20th Anne Arundel County Police Department sent officers to an address in the 700 block of Central Avenue in Edgewater to look for this person of interest. When officers arrived the person barricaded himself inside the home, officers set up a perimeter and negotiators responded. As a result Central Avenue was closed to all traffic for several hours.
At 5:25 a.m. the person of interest exited the home and was arrested without further incident. Detectives from the Annapolis Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for the person, Barnabas Offer, Jr., 25, of Annapolis for two counts of attempted murder and other related charges. Offer will be transported to the District Court Commissioner for his initial hearing.
Two other people were arrested last night in the 1100 block of Madison St during the investigation into the shooting. Craig Belt, 30, of Annapolis and Delvonta Wright, 25, of Severn were arrested and charged with handgun possession and fourth degree burglary after they were found in an apartment. The apartment resident, who was not home at the time, said Belt and Wright did not have permission to be inside the home. Officers obtained a search warrant for the apartment and a handgun was recovered inside. It is unknown at this time if this is the weapon used by the shooter. Belt and Wright will be transported to the District Court Commissioner for their initial hearings.
Both victims in the shooting remain in the same condition as reported last night.
UPDATE – 09/22/17
The male victim of the shooting, Michael Covert, 36, of Annapolis died from his injuries on September 21st. The female victim, Lashira Addison, 41, of Annapolis, has been released from the hospital. Barnabas Offer, Jr. was charged with two counts each of attempted first and attempted second degree murder, two counts each of first and second degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and illegal possession of a handgun. Offer is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond. Detectives are working with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney to file additional charges against Offer because of the death of Michael Covert.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Covert following this tragedy," Mayor Michael Pantelides said. "I also pray for strength and healing for Ms. Addison following this devastating situation in our community. I will continue to work with the executive director of HACA and continue to coordinate our efforts, putting a stop to these senseless deaths that are causing havoc in our community. Our police department has once again demonstrated its commitment to finding and arresting those who are a danger to our residents, despite where they try to hide. I commend the department for its dedication to our community and for their outstanding investigative work."
UPDATE – 09/27/17
Barnabas Offer, Jr., 25, was charged with murder on September 26th following the death of Michael Covert. Additionally, Offer was charged with attempted first and second degree murder of another victim who was shot at, but not struck. Offer was charged with ten additional charges and is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention without bond.
Submitting Anonymous Tips to Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland
Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland is an organization separate from the Annapolis Police Department. When you phone in or submit your Annapolis crime tip online or through the P3 Tips smartphone app Metro Crime Stoppers receives your tip anonymously and only forwards your tip information to the Annapolis Police Department. No identifying information is ever forwarded to us. Metro Crime Stoppers uses a special coding system to protect your identity, they do not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. If your tip leads to the arrest or indictment of a person for a felony you could qualify for up to a $2,000 cash reward from Metro Crime Stoppers. You can submit a tip by calling 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587), visiting www.metrocrimestoppers.org, or through the P3 Tips smartphone app. The app can be found in the Apple or Android app stores by searching for P3 Tips.
You can also call a tip into us directly at 410-280-CLUE (2583).