UPDATE | Westminster man arrested for Harvest Inn shooting

ELDERSBURG, Md. - A Westminster man has been arrested in connection with a double shooting near the Harvest Inn in Eldersburg.

Jacob B. Bircher, 24, of Wimert Avenue, Westminster, was charged with the first degree murder of a Sykesville man and is being held on a temporary felony warrant charge. Additional charges are pending.

Bircher was arrested right after 7 a.m. Friday morning in a church parking lot on Route 140 at Route 97 in Westminster.

Just after 12:00 a.m. Friday Maryland State Police arrived at the Harvest Inn on Liberty Road in Eldersburg and found two men lying in the parking lot just outside the restaurant.

David J. Garrett, 36, of the 2100 block of Carmae Road in Sykesville was pronounced dead on the scene.  

Gary Hale, of the 3500 block of Granite Road in Woodstock, was also shot, but is being treated for what is believed to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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