Police doing tests on bullet fired into home, shell casing

No evidence found tying incident to man's politics

October 08, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County police confirmed yesterday that a shell casing was found near the home of an Ellicott City man who reported that a bullet was fired into his house last week.

Police are conducting ballistics tests on the bullet and the shell casing, which was found near the home on Main Street, said police spokesman Pfc. David Proulx. The bullet apparently was fired into the home about 2 a.m. Sept. 29.

The homeowner, Anthony McGuffin, 51, an active Democrat and former candidate for Congress and the House of Delegates, displays Democratic campaign signs on his property.

The incident fueled speculation that the shooting was politically motivated, as a rash of other incidents involving the destruction of political signs broke out in the county in recent weeks.

But Proulx said that investigators have not found evidence that links the shooting incident to McGuffin's political affiliation.

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