Ten­sions run high af­ter Elk­ton shoot­ing in­ci­dent

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A gun­man re­mains on the loose af­ter fir­ing at least six rounds into an Elk­ton res­i­dence, miss­ing a per­son who was inside that tar­geted bed­room and caus­ing ten­sion among peo­ple who live in that com­mu­nity.

“We do have a per­son of in­ter­est,” Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman, re­ported Mon­day, de­clin­ing to elab­o­rate be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

EPD has beefed up pa­trols in the Friend­ship Heights neigh­bor-

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hood, where the drive-by shoot­ing oc­curred late last week, and in nearby sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo.

Con­sid­ered a “hotspot” un­der EPD’s anti-crime ini­tia­tive, which fo­cuses on neigh­bor­hoods and lo­ca­tions deemed to be high crime ar­eas, Friend­ship Heights al­ready had been the site of “sat­u­ra­tion pa­trols” aimed at mak­ing the com­mu­nity “an unattrac­tive en­vi­ron­ment for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity,” he ex­plained.

In re­sponse to the shoot­ing in­ci­dent, EPD has bol­stered pa­trols even more in that neigh­bor­hood, Zurolo re­ported.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, of­fi­cers in at least nine marked and un­marked cars cir­cu­lated through that neigh­bor­hood. At one point, af­ter nu­mer­ous up­set res­i­dents had gath­ered near Dou­glas Street, of­fi­cers got out of their ve­hi­cles and lis­tened to their con­cerns for about an hour.

“I can un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion for that com­mu­nity. There was a shoot­ing event, and emo­tions are run­ning high,” Zurolo said. “We want to work with the com­mu­nity and make a dif­fer­ence there.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 12:15 a.m. Thurs­day, when a gun­man fired six bul­lets into the bed­room of a home in the 200 block of Lo­cust Lane, prompt­ing a “shots fired” com­plaint that sent nu­mer­ous EPD of­fi­cers to the area of Lo­cust Lane and Dou­glas Street, po­lice re­ported.

“Six rounds went into a front bed­room. Three of those rounds went through the win­dow and the rest went into a wall. We re­cov­ered the rounds,” Zurolo said, adding, “We re­cov­ered nine shell cas­ings out­side the res­i­dence. We are pro­cess­ing (the ev­i­dence), and we are con­fi­dent that we can bring a res­o­lu­tion to this.”

The per­son inside that bed­room was not the in­tended tar­get, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo, who re­ported that the man be­lieved to be the in­tended tar­get wasn’t at the res­i­dence when the shoot­ing oc­curred. In­clud­ing the per­son in the bed­room, two peo­ple were inside the house when the shoot­ing oc­curred, he noted.

“He (the in­tended tar­get) does not live at that res­i­dence, but he fre­quents that lo­ca­tion. The mo­tive is some kind of dis­pute,” Zurolo said, de­clin­ing, once again, to pro­vide de­tails be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Of­fi­cers can­vassed the area af­ter the shoot­ing, look­ing un­suc­cess­fully for a “sus­pect ve­hi­cle” as well as the shooter, he re­ported.

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