GOLTS — Maryland State Police have charged two Delaware men with attempted first- and second-degree murder in a shooting that sent the victim to an area hospital for treatment of facial wounds.
Anthony Ball, 32, and Brandon Flowers, 35, also are charged with first- and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit attempted first- and second-degree murder, according to a news release from the MSP.
Police identified the victim as Bradley R. Hutchinson, 23.
He remained at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, as of press time Wednesday, Jan. 6.
After receiving a 911 call on Monday night about a shooting victim, Delaware State Police contacted the Maryland State Police, according to court records.
Delaware troopers responded to the 1200-block of Caldwell Corner Road in Townsend at about 7:15 p.m. and located the victim, who had a gunshot wound to the head area, according to an application for statement of charges written by Tfc. Kristi Plutschak of the MSP.
Maryland State Police responded to the 14000-block of Golts Caldwell Road, which is where the shooting occurred.
Golts Caldwell Road in Kent County, Maryland, is about 2.5 miles from Caldwell Corner Road in Townsend, Delaware.
In interviewing witnesses, Maryland State Police learned two men — subsequently identified as Ball and Flowers — arrived at the Golts Caldwell Road residence at about 7 p.m. to retrieve their trailer from Hutchinson, according to court records.
Police reported that Ball instructed Hutchinson to unhitch the trailer from Hutchinson’s truck, and Hutchinson refused.
Then Flowers began unlatching the trailer.
When Hutchinson tried to stop Flowers, Flowers got a sawed-off shotgun and fired once, striking Hutchinson in the face, according to charging documents.
Police reported that Flowers and Ball fled the scene, with Ball driving.
Ball was apprehended in Delaware a short time later without incident.
Flowers was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 5, in Dover, Delaware, also without incident.
In addition to the assault and attempted murder charges, Flowers is charged with reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
He is being held in the Kent County Detention Center without bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 1 in the District Court for Kent County. At the time, a judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe that Flowers committed the offenses.
As of press time Wednesday, online court records for Ball were not available.
Police said the investigation is continuing.