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Double shooting in Middle River involving automatic weapon sparks concern, community meeting – Baltimore Sun

A Tuesday morning shooting in Middle River with an automatic weapon that injured two sparked concern and a public meeting called by the state’s delegate for the area.

Del’s meeting. Ric Metzgar on Thursday will focus on “double-shot driving with an automatic weapon” in a “quiet and peaceful community,” according to a press release from the Baltimore County Republican’s office. It will be held at Victory Villa Baptist Church in Middle River.

Metzgar said Wednesday he wanted people to have information about the ongoing investigation and “calm the nerves of residents” following the shooting.

Baltimore County police say a 43-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were injured in the shooting, which took place around 10 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Compass Road and Martin Boulevard. Both victims were taken to hospital.

Police believe it was a “targeted incident,” the department said Wednesday. At least one “automatic weapon” was used, based on cellphone video provided to detectives, the agency said.

“At this time, detectives are still trying to determine all of the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s shooting,” spokesperson Trae Corbin said in an email. “Once more information becomes available, we will provide it.”

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A video circulated on social media, verified by the police department, shows a view of the intersection with a sign reading “Compass Road”. Footage shows an SUV crashed into a telephone pole and what looks like automatic gunfire from another vehicle.

The intersection includes a CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General and a community center. Metzgar noted that it’s about a block and a half from a seniors’ center and close to where families live.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. called the shooting “shocking and disturbing” and said the police department was aggressively investigating to bring the perpetrator to justice.

“Keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe is a top priority for my administration and acts of violence will not be tolerated in Baltimore County,” Olszewski said.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, said he heard voter concerns about the shooting and the video on social media. He called it “absolutely alarming” given the “firepower” apparently used, as well as the timing of the incident in “bright daylight”.

“There’s a pervasive sense that we need to do more to improve public safety,” Marks said. “We just need more police on the streets and we need to expand our neighborhood watch programs.”

Police asked residents to share information or video footage with the department through their online IWATCH program at egov.baltimorecountymd.gov/iwatch or through Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.