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This story was updated at 1 p.m. May 8. An explanation follows at the end of the story.


Staff writer

A Charles County grand jury has indicted two Waldorf men and an Indian Head teenager on 35 total counts, including attempted murder, for a March 21 shooting in the Wakefield neighborhood in Waldorf.

Anthony Deandre Dance and Jermaine Marquette Hagen Jr., both 20, of Waldorf, and Jalen Donte Kirk, 17, of Indian Head have been charged with the near-fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man on Wingate Court. Kirk was charged as an adult.

Police were called to the 2800 block of Lyon Court shortly after 3 p.m. when someone reported the shooting. At the scene, officers found the shooting victim, who had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, with another man, 21, who was unharmed, according to charging papers.

The shooting victim was transported to an area trauma center with life-threatening injuries, but he survived.

The other victim told police that earlier that afternoon, he had spoken on the telephone and exchanged text messages with someone whom he knew as “Mook,” who wanted to purchase marijuana from him, court records state.

“Mook” told the victim to meet him at the end of Wingate Court to make the deal, the documents state.

The two victims drove to the meeting place together, the 23-year-old in the left rear seat. Three men approached their vehicle — “Mook” got in the front passenger seat, another got in the back with the shooting victim and the third stood outside the right rear passenger door, the papers state.

As arranged, “Mook” handed the 21-year-old victim a shoe box with a handgun inside as payment for the marijuana, court records state.

At this point, the third man standing outside the vehicle shouted and pointed a knife at the two victims, the papers state. The man in the backseat pulled a gun and shot the 23-year-old victim twice, and the three men fled, according to the documents.

The 21-year-old victim drove to Lyon Court and called for help, the records state.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and spoke to witnesses, who reported seeing three males run away from the scene of the shooting toward Wedgewood Place, the papers state.

Investigators also checked the victim’s phone for “Mook’s” phone number, which police records matched with the number associated with Dance, who lives on Wedgewood Place, charging documents state.

A police dog team tracked the three men from the scene of the shooting to Dance’s home on Wedgewood Place, and officers found a black semiautomatic handgun near the home in the woods, the papers state.

The gun was not dirty or corroded, and appeared to have been recently discarded, the records state.

Police surrounded the home and broadcast a request for the three men to come outside. Officers detained Dance, Hagen and Kirk as they exited the house, according to court papers.

Kirk admitted to investigators that he went with Dance and Hagen to the drug deal, and said he was the one who stood outside the vehicle and pulled the knife, the papers state. Kirk also told police that the three ran away after hearing Hagen fire a gun, court records state.

In addition to attempted murder, the trio has been charged with attempted robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, conspiracy and various firearm counts.

Dance is being held on $100,000 bail. Hagen was ordered held on $100,000 bail but posted bond and was released. Kirk is being held on $50,000 bail.

All three are scheduled for arraignment May 17.

The update corrects the neighborhood where the shooting occurred.