Tensions run high after Elkton shooting incident
— 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-
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.