ELKTON — A gunman or gunmen remained on the loose Tuesday after allegedly shooting a man 14 times in an Elkton neighborhood on the Fourth of July, amid an argument that took place during a private fireworks display, police reported.
At least one of the bullets fired during the incident in the 100 block of Huntsman Drive wound up in the bedroom of a nearby residence, where a baby was sleeping in a crib, police said, adding that the infant was not struck by the stray round.
An ambulance transported the victim from the shooting scene to Christiana Hospital in Delaware, after Elkton Police Department officers provided emergency care until paramedics arrived, according to police.
Investigators identified the shooting victim only as a 44-year-old resident of Hollingsworth Manor, a neighborhood that is adjacent to where the shooting occurred. Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman, told the Cecil Whig on Tuesday that the shooting victim remained hospitalized and categorized his 14 wounds as “non-life-threatening.”
“He was shot 14 times but, fortunately, just about all the rounds hit his lower extremities, and they went in and out. I believe one hit his hand,” Zurolo said, adding, “We’re still investigating to determine if there was more than one shooter.”
Detectives continued to “actively investigate and track down leads” Tuesday, according to Zurolo, who declined to comment further to avoid compromising the ongoing investigation.
EPD officers responded to Huntsman Drive at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday, after receiving numerous “shots fired” complaints, police reported.
“A gunshot victim was located in front of a residence on Huntsman Drive ... Witnesses were located and interviewed, and it was learned that several individuals were setting off fireworks on Huntsman Drive when an argument erupted amongst a crowd of onlookers and several gunshots were heard,” Lt. Holly Ayers, an EPD spokeswoman, told the Cecil Whig on Friday.
After the gunshots rang out, people scattered and several vehicles sped away from the area, according to Ayers, who further reported, “Moments later, the victim stumbled up the roadway and collapsed in front a residence on Huntsman Drive.”
Information regarding the nature of the dispute that led to the shooting still had not been determined, as of Tuesday, according to Zurolo.
During the on-scene investigation, EPD detectives collected evidence of the shooting from “several vehicles and a residence bedroom, where a baby slept in a crib,” Ayers reported.
On Tuesday, Zurolo specified that EPD detectives recovered shell casings and rounds. As for the bullet that entered the nearby residence, Zurolo said, “We located a damaged round on the floor in the child’s room.”
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information that might help detectives investigating this shooting incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Elkton Police Department at 410-398-4200.