Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed Against Accused Marathon Gas Station Shooter

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Attempted murder charges against a 24-year-old man were dismissed on May 22 in connection to a double shooting at a Marathon gas station last year.

A Baltimore City prosecutor requested to dismiss the case of Dajuan Smith before the defendant’s attorney, Martin Cohen, and Circuit Court Judge Jeannie Hong, who agreed to the dismissal. The reason behind the dismissed charges was not disclosed.

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Smith was also facing multiple assault, reckless endangerment, and weapons charges for the shooting on May 30, 2022. According to court documents, a 16-year-old teenager and a 32-year-old man were leaving the gas station’s store at 5101 York Road around 1:30 p.m. when a gray Nissan Altima pulled up to the front door.

Video surveillance showed a man get out of the vehicle and the older victim reach into the front of his pants and take out a handgun. Court documents state that the two victims then dove onto the floor shortly before Smith opened fire. As the older victim fired back, the Nissan drove away on York Road while Smith ran along Winston Avenue.

Smith was later identified as the shooter after a Baltimore Police detective recognized the defendant from his drug dealing investigations on the 5600 block of the Alameda. Further investigation revealed that Smith and the two victims had an argument in that area about an hour before the shooting on York Road.

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