Shooting Suspects Identified – One Arrested

(Edgewood, MD) — One of the suspects in Friday’s shooting at the Harford Square Swim Club was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies shortly after 5:00pm on June 8th, after a tip led police to the 1200 block of Brice Square in Belcamp. Lewis Lee Cochran’s picture had been provided to the news media and aired on local television news stations. A viewer watching the news saw Brice’s picture and called police telling them Cochran was in the vicinity of Brice Square. Uniformed deputies responded and took Cochran into custody without incident.

Police are still searching for the second suspect. Anthony Loyd Mitchell, 21, who has no fixed or known address have been charged by police with shooting two men who were attending a party at the community pool on Friday June 4th. Mitchell is charged with two counts each of attempted 1st degree murder, and 1st and 2nd degree assault. Cochran faces charges of 1st and 2nd degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

On Friday June 4, 2004 at 11:53pm, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the Harford Square development on Hanson Road in Edgewood when they heard a volley of shots coming from the Harford Square community swimming pool located at 1439 Harford Square Drive. Upon arrival, they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Aylsworth Johnson, 33, of the 1300 block Harford Square Drive, and Josh Wary Barmer, 38, also of the 1300 block Harford Square Drive each suffered a gunshot wound to their upper torso. They were treated at the scene by members of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and subsequently flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma by State Police Medivac. Mr. Barmer has since been released while Mr. Johnson remains hospitalized.

Police estimate there were between 200-300 people at this party. Witnesses reported a fight had started between several people near the front entrance of the pool. Shortly afterwards, a black male, approximately 5’10”, medium build, wearing all black clothing and a black hat began firing a shotgun into the crowd. The shots struck the two victims. Witnesses later identified both suspects to police.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Mitchell is asked to call the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5442. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the Harford County Crime Solvers. If you have information that could lead to the arrest of Mitchell call the anonymous 24-hour tip line at 1-888-540-TIPS. You do not have to give your name or appear in court and you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Press Release

June 09, 2004