Ocean City Today

Baltimore teen enters plea for downtown OC gun charge

By Brian Gilliland | Nov 02, 2017
Tarik Purcell

(Nov. 3, 2017) Tarik Purcell, 19, of Baltimore entered into a plea agreement with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office in early October for felony accessory and misdemeanor gun charges after being identified by Ocean City Police as the person who fired at least two 9mm rounds in the air near Wicomico Street in June.

Purcell, under terms of the plea agreement, will serve one year in jail and, following that, three years of supervised probation. Six additional charges were not pursued by prosecutors.

Another man involved in the same incident, Christopher Thomas, 21, is scheduled for a jury trial in December.

According to the statement of probable cause filed by Pfc. Erika Specht, she was approached by a passerby around 9 p.m. on June 15 who advised her of a person carrying a rifle. Specht said on her way toward the suspect, she found two spent 9mm casings on the ground in the westbound lane of the 100 block of Wicomico Street.

Eyewitnesses said Purcell and Thomas were walking down Baltimore Street and making threatening comments to passersby.

The pair were seen arguing with another person near the trunk of a vehicle, at which point one of the men opened the trunk, withdrew a rifle and fired several shots into the air.

Specht identified Purcell as the one who fired the shots.

After the altercation, the men returned the weapon to the trunk and fled the scene.

The police located and stopped the vehicle in the area of 12th and Baltimore Streets, according to the report.

A search of the car recovered two Hi-Point Model 995 9mm pistols, which can be outfitted with accessories to give them a rifle-like appearance. Live and spent ammunition, as well as a small amount of marijuana was also recovered.

According to Specht, the Maryland Gun Center verified that both firearms were not registered to anyone, and Thomas was prohibited from owning a firearm until at least age 30 because of a crime he was convicted of as a juvenile.

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