Gunshots Strike 2 Vehicles on South Stokes Street

Police say there are no injuries and no suspects from Dec. 14 incident.

Havre de Grace police say they are conducting a "very active investigation" into the shooting of two parked vehicles on South Stokes Street last Friday.

Police spokesman Jeff Gilpin said officers responded to a report of gunshots fired near South Stokes and Bourbon streets in Havre de Grace at 7:38 p.m. on Friday.

Witnesses reported hearing three to six gunshots and seeing two males running from the scene, one wearing a yellow sweatshirt, said police. 

Nobody was injured and there are no suspects in the incident, Gilpin said.

“Detectives are working very hard to identify the suspects,” Gilpin said on Wednesday. 

While canvassing the area on Friday, officers found a damaged vehicle parked on South Stokes Street, police said.

The owner of a second vehicle reported discovering a bullet hole through the windshield and driver’s side at 11:07 a.m. on Saturday; the vehicle was parked on the 200 block of South Stokes Street.

Police believe the damage to the second vehicle occurred at the same time as the first, Gilpin said, but was not seen until daylight hours. He said one of the vehicles was a Toyota Camry.

No bullets were recovered, according to Gilpin, because when they strike hard surfaces, they fragment and ricochet. Officials said they have not yet determined a motive or the type of gun involved in the shooting.

The activity on South Stokes Street was an isolated incident, according to police.

“This is an unusual type of event for our city and we also believe that this is an isolated event,” Gilpin told Patch. "Our patrol operations in the area are remaining the same."

Gilpin added that officers were being cautious.

“Our officers do have an increased awareness due to the fact that there is a known firearm out there that could potentially hurt them our others,” he said.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Havre de Grace Police Department at 410-939-2121.

Curtis Coon December 19, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Last Friday, and we don't hear about gunshots until 5 days later? Is the one on Patch or the Administration. These types of incidents should not be swept under the rug. Those of us who live/have offices in that vicinity, such as myself, need to know whenever there's trouble. Fiive days is inexcusable!!
Fred Cullum December 19, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I couldn't agree more Curtis. Unless for some reason it would have interfered with the investigation, this should have been on here Friday evening or Saturday morning at the latest.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
We report on information as it is provided to us. Fred and Curtis, both of you seem to have a lot to say about things. I encourage you and anyone who has a passion for a particular topic or issue to consider contributing to our Local Voices section: http://havredegrace.patch.com/blog
David Brown December 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I live in this block and after hearing the shots, i directly went to the High School to tell the cops to check out this incident. This DID not make me happy to have this kind of stuff going on here in my block. Glad i spoke with the police about this and i hope something happens from it, but i doubt they will ever catch anyone.. What happened to the good old Hdeg that i grew up in ?
Carroll Fitzgerald December 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Elizabeth, Your comment comes across as critical of Curtis and Fred. I, for one, appreciate their comments. They are generally informed and intelligent. Unlike many of the folks who post in these forums, they use their real names and are respectful. The Patch would do well to cull some of the others out of the forums. As for the immediate point: Curtis asked a simple question. Was the delay in reporting because of the Patch or the administration? Did the administration withhold the information, or is the Patch simply waiting for the administration to tell them what is going on?
Fred Cullum December 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Elizabeth, I apologize if my comment sounded critical of you and the Patch. Was not meant to be. As I said to you before , for many in Havre de Grace this is the only news source they have and over the past couple of years have come to rely on this site for informative information.
Curtis Coon December 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I would like an answer to my question, as it goes to the basic issue of public safety. Did the City withhold the information, or was it simply a situation where Patch did not report it until five days later? This is pretty fundamental, if you ask me.
Curtis Coon December 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Right, Fred. there is a difference between being critical for the sake of being critical and being crtical for the purpose of improving public communication. I am interested in the latter.
Hollee Sifford December 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I am also a FREQUENT FLYER on PATCH:) Have been "PATCHING" since day 1 as well as many others...WE as a community look to this forum and yes I am aware that sometimes the news is NOT always forthcoming as soon as it happens but.....with the recent "CRIMINAL" activity at the level it has been I am hopeful that anything that comes to the editor will be posted asap Lets face it WE are community with our GUARDS in full alert....Thank You Elzabeth for all you do:)
David Brown December 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Get back to the point of the article. I live in this block and 2 of my nieghbors cars were shot across the street from me, and i saw the Scum bag that was shot at. he had no care in the world walking down the street after the shooting. Of note of the neighbors car who was shot, she just walked in her house with all of her kids. This is not good. i am happy no one was shot.. I have emailed and a city council member about this and have since been contacted by the Police chief of HdeG. I wont let this area go down hill. Thank you
Hollee Sifford December 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Way to Go David..... Stay on the city and the police chief for a resoloution....It was not mentioned that HER CHILDREN were with her HOW SCARY!!!!!!Glad no one was injured.
Carlo David Cardenas December 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Knowing Elizabeth, this article was published as soon as the information became available.
Curtis Coon December 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
We heard a great deal about the tragedy in Sandy Hook at the City Council meeting on Monday night, but nothing about the shots fired in the open on our own city streets. THIS is what bothers me. There is little we can do to change or improve things in Sandy Hook, but there is MUCH we can do to improve things here .....however, we need to know what is going on!!! So, who dropped the ball? and why, oh why, did this not come to the public through Patch or from the City Council meeting? Are random gunshots in our streets less important than all other announcements?
Curtis Coon December 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Fine, if it's on the City, I think we should know that.
SHAWN HURST December 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Bring back Sean Welsh!!
Curtis Coon December 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I don't want to be overly critical, either, but Elizabeth, think about all the ink spilled over Sandy Hook....and these randoms shots were fired just a block from the Havre de Grace High School, yet got no press for five days.......
Curtis Coon May 07, 2013 at 12:19 PM
I have given a lot of thought to your comment, Elizabeth. I consider your attempt to redirect my (or Fred's, or anyone's) opinion to a particular "section" -- especially one that may be read to a lesser degree, as a form of censorship. Freedom, liberty and the "American Way" abhor censorship.


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