Police say a man was seen by witnesses firing a handgun into a wooded area.
A shots-fired incident on Thursday night in Thurmont is under investigation.
Police Chief Greg Eyler says officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of West Main Street at around 10:30, where witnesses say they saw a Black male in all black clothing firing a handgun into a wooded area. “The witness did say the suspect did point the weapon at him, but did not shoot at him. And he actually fled the area,” says Chief Eyler.
Thurmont Police Officers and Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the Maryland State Police helicopter conducted a search of the area, but didn’t find the suspect, or any victims.
Officers did found shell casings in the area.
“We did a reverse 911 to alert the citizens on West Main Street to shelter in place until the potential threat was cleared. And once it was, we terminated the shelter in place,” the Chief says.
No one was hit by gunfire, according to police.
“The carnival was also going on in Thurmont. And just as a precaution–nobody was in any danger–we sent a couple of officers there to secure the grounds,” says Chief Eyler. “And the investigation is continuing at this time.”
Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to call Thurmont Police at 301-271-0905, extension 104.