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Cascade Teenager Faces Additional Charges in Shooting

Washington County Court documents say Matthew Hasty, 17, is now accused with shooting at people in two other vehicles.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Additional attempted murder charges have been filed against a Cascade teenager charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to Washington County Circuit Court records. 

Court documents say Matthew Hasty, 17, is now accused with shooting at people in two other vehicles. 

As you may recall, Hasty allegedly fired shots in the area of Fort Richie Access Road and Buena Vista Road around 8:30 p.m. on April 16, 2014.

"Had actions taken a different course it could have turned out very badly for them and we were luckily we were able to track him down and take him into custody without further incident," said DFC. Carly Hose with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

Hasty was originally charged with three counts each of first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and one count of reckless endangerment. He was also charged as an adult. 

"The crimes which occurred are very serious he potentially could have ended several individuals lives that evening and they were in fear for their lives. And we take that seriously," said Hose. 

Since the incident, investigators have interviewed more victims. According to court documents, a couple leaving the American Legion that night recall driving down MacAfee Hill Road when they saw Hasty standing in the middle of the road. The couple said they saw Hasty turn around and point the rifle in their direction and fire a shot. They immediately drove back to the American Legion where they someone inside call 911. 

According to court documents, the other victim, a local man from Westminster, said he was traveling through Cascade to get home when he saw Hasty walking in the road. The victim said he believed Hasty was intoxicated and explained that he wanted Hasty to get out of the road so he didn't get hit. That's when the victim said Hasty turned around, pointed the rifle at his head and demanded money from the victim. The victim said while he was redirecting the rifle, he was slowing moving his car to the side of the road. 

None of the victims were harmed. 

Officials said Hasty is facing an additional three counts of attempted first and second-degree murder, three counts of first and second-degree assault, plus three counts of reckless endangerment as well as one count of armed robbery. 

Officials say they haven't found a motive -- but court documents say hasty suffered from several forms of mental illness.

"We've received conflicting reports from Mr. Hasty as far as why this took place one of the victims stated that Mr. Hasty was demanding money from him," said Hose. "Mr. Hasty advises he doesn't recall what happened and has given several different accounts as to why the incident took place."

Hasty is currently being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center. 

A request to move him to a juvenile facility was granted in court, pending an evaluation to determine if his case should be transferred to juvenile court. 

Hasty's next court appearance is June 10, 2014.
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