Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:18 AM
Published on: Friday, May 17, 2013
By Jim Davis
On Wednesday afternoon, four Prince George’s County firefighters were at the Giant Food Store in Calverton, picking up their dinner for the night. When they left the store, they were in for a surprise.
As the crew returned to their ladder truck, they noticed several people standing nearby and staring — at a naked man hanging off the end of the ladder, shouting threats and performing lewd acts, said Volunteer Deputy Fire Chief Matt Tomlins of the Beltsville Volunteer Department ,where the four firefighters are assigned.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon at Prince George’s County Police Headquarters in Landover, Police Capt. Harold Simms said patrol units from the Beltsville District responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the 11900 block of Beltsville Drive.
According to Simms, when officers arrived on the accident scene, they saw a man in the backseat of a car suffering a gunshot to his head. The man was transported to a Baltimore shock trauma center in serious condition. Simms said the victim was expected to live.
The driver, who was located by police, allegedly told officers that he was driving down the road when the naked man — identified as Mohamed Sulaiman Bah, 24, of Silver Spring — pulled out a handgun and shot the backseat passenger for no reason.
The shooting allegedly caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle, causing the accident, Simms said. As the driver was running from the scene, he noticed Bah taking off all of his clothes next to the vehicle and then saw Bah jumping on a car traveling towards the shopping center.
A few minutes later, shoppers at the Calverton Shopping Center noticed Bah climbing on the fire truck and called police.
At that point, Simms said that police at the fire truck did not know their suspect was wanted in connection with the nearby shooting. Responding officers used a taser because they believed the man’s was high on PCP, based on his erratic behavior.
Bah is charged with numerous offenses, the most serious of which is attempted murder. He is being held without bond.
Asked if investigators have established a motive for the shooting, police said they have no idea why the single shot was fired.