The Baltimore Post received information from citizens regarding the sound of shots being fired in the area of Dundalk Avenue, Liberty Parkway, and Meritt Boulevard.
With many fireworks complaints filed recently, it can be difficult to determine if the sounds were actually gunfire or fireworks.
In this particular case, the police determined that Dundalk was–for one night–akin to the lore of Dodge City. (i.e., The bullets were flying…)
Here’s what we were told by Jennifer (Zoner) Peach, Public Information Officer, Baltimore County Police Department:
I found the report, which indicates officers were dispatched to a firearms discharge on June 27 at 8:08 pm on Liberty Pkwy near Dundalk Ave. According to the report, two vehicles turned off of Dundalk Ave onto Liberty Pkwy when the shots were fired. A window of a home was broken out, but no one was injured. One of the vehicles was located and appeared to have damage consistent with 2 bullet holes. 3, not 30, shell casings were recovered in the area. The vehicle appears to be the intended target in this shooting and is therefore NOT random gunfire. This is captured on the pc12 newsblog:
A second firearms discharge call occurred shortly before that, at 8 pm, in front of a business on Dundalk Ave. It is possible that the two shootings are connected but that has not yet been confirmed. Both incidents are being investigated at the precinct level. This one is also captured on the pc12 newsblog:
The Post also received a photograph from a resident that showed numerous shell casings and police evidence markers in the area.
As stated earlier, these types of loud bangs and pops are becoming all too common these days.
This type of revelry typically plagues Baltimore around holidays. For example, as the Sun reported, residents were found to be shooting guns into the air during New Year’s Eve celebrations as a form of ringing in (rather loudly) the new year.
In a future article, the Baltimore Post will look at the “Thin Blue Line” and the potential tensions between the frontline officers and Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.
Stay tuned, folks. (And keep your earplugs and/or kevlar handy.)