Man charged with firing shots into brawling crowd

November 27, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie man was arrested Sunday on assault charges after he fired a handgun into a crowd of fighting youths, county police said.

Jeffrey Andrew Gaskin Jr., 18, of the 8000 block of Nolpark Court was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

A resident called police about 9: 30 p.m. when a large group of teen-agers began fighting in front of his home in the 1200 block of Guilford Road.

Two men drove up in a green 1985 Ford Mustang, started a fight and ran away. A man dressed in a cream-colored, hooded sweat shirt returned with a gun and fired several shots into the crowd, police said.

Witnesses gave police the Mustang's tag number and officers found a car parked at a home in the 500 block of Morningside Drive in Glen Burnie. A 17-year-old resident told police he was at the fight, but ran when he heard someone yell about a gun.

He told police his friend was wearing a cream-colored sweat shirt. Gaskin told officers who went to his home that he did not own a weapon and none was found.

As Officer Peter Scarpetta drove Gaskin back to the 1200 block of Guilford Road, Gaskin admitted firing the gun into the air, police said.

Gaskin told officers someone threw him a gun and he fired it, then gave it to someone else, police said.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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