Gun discharged in Federal Hill amid fight

Police believe the weapon may have fired a 'blank'

September 13, 2014|By Carrie Wells | The Baltimore Sun

A man fired a handgun on South Charles Street in Federal Hill amid a fight that happened after the bars closed early Saturday morning, according to police.

The gun, a 9MM Ekol Volga, is thought to be a "blank gun" that makes a sound like a gun but does not fire a bullet, according to an email sent by Southern Police District Commander Major Ian Dombroski, Commander of the Southern Police District, to the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The gun still needs to undergo ballistics testing to confirm that, he wrote.

Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert confirmed Dombroski's email.

Three men got into a dispute in a bar in the 1000 block of S. Charles St. just before 2 a.m., which led to two of the men assaulting another man outside after the bar closed, according to the email. A suspect fired one shot, then tried to run away, but police arrested the two suspects and recovered the gun. The victim had minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

"This incident stems from an ongoing dispute from 2007 in high school over a female," Dombroski wrote. All the men involved were in their mid-20s.

No one was struck by gunfire and it was not immediately clear whether the man who fired the gun intended to shoot the victim, Dombroski wrote. Charges are still pending against the suspects.

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