He's charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder.
A suspect in a weekend shooting in Frederick was arrested Sunday night in Tennessee, about 20 hours after the incident. Rafael Lopez Cardoza of Frederick was picked up at a bus station in Bristol, according to Lt. Clark Pennington with the Frederick Police Department. "He was charged on a felony warrant out of Frederick, which is extraditable," he says.
Cardoza, 23, is charged in Frederick with attempted 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree and 2nd-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, handgun on his person, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and use of a firearm in a felony violent crime.
Police were called to the 1,000 block of Heather Ridge Drive early Sunday morning at 12:31 for a report of shots fired. Officers found a black male victim, 35, had been shot multiple times. He was medivaced to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
Lt. Pennington says detectives developed Cardoza as a suspect, and learned that he was fleeing the area to avoid prosecution. Authorities say he was heading south by bus, which was expected to stop in Bristol, Tennessee. That's where police picked him up.
Lt. Pennington says no motive for the shooting has been determined, but the case is still under investigation. "We're still talking to witness, still gathering and collecting evidence, and preparing for the prosecution," he says.
Cardoza is also a suspect in another shooting in Frederick, Pennington says. "Actually, Mr. Cardoza was wanted on an earlier shooting this month, where he was involved and identified as a primary shooter in the Taskers Chance area," he says.