February 21, 2014 -- A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury convicted Anthony Hopkins today of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at a man following an argument on a light rail train.
On August 5, 2012, Hopkins and the victim got into a verbal dispute on the train as it approached the Westport station in South Baltimore, according to witnesses, who also said that it appeared Hopkins had a handgun tucked into the waste of his pants. Shortly after Hopkins and the victim got off of the train, witnesses heard a gunshot and watched as Hopkins started to climb a nearby fence. However, Hopkins quickly reversed course, climbing back down the fence and returning to where witnesses were sprawled on the ground. Hopkins asked if anyone had been hurt and proceeded to explain that he did not have a dispute with any of them, only the intended target. He then asked them not to contact police, fled, and successfully escaped.
Ten days later, Hopkins spotted his victim on a public bus. But when he made a motion to draw his gun, the victim, in fear for his life, attempted to defend himself with a knife, cutting Hopkins on the face. And for a second time, Hopkins ran away.
Police were able to identify Hopkins as the shooter in the August 5 incident and executed a search warrant at the hotel where he was staying. Inside his room, they recovered a .357 caliber handgun along with the defendant’s identification and paystub.
In addition to attempted first-degree murder, the jury also found Hopkins, 34, guilty of use of firearm in the commission of a crime of violence and carrying a firearm. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 23, 2014.
Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Ruther prosecuted the case.