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'I heard like 20 rounds': Two injured in targeted drive-by shooting in Middle River

Shooting scene in Middle River
Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-31 12:06:42-04

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. — Two people were injured in a drive-by shooting in Middle River Tuesday morning.

It happened around 10am on Compass Road and Martin Boulevard.

The shooters reportedly pulled up in a car and opened fire on an SUV, causing it to crash into a utility pole.

“I was working, you know, and I seen two people, the car, in that pole,” said Nadheer Najim, who works nearby.

Shooting in Middle River
Shooting in Middle River

Both victims, a 43-year-old man and 42-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.

Police believe they were targeted, and that the suspects sped off in a white Toyota Camry.

Shooting in Middle River
Shooting in Middle River

Crime technicians could be seen marking off dozens of shell casings recovered on scene.

“I heard like 20 rounds go off, came outside, and then I came outside and I seen a car here right here the pole,” said Abdul Karem, who works at the nearby Sunoco Gas Station.

Shooting in Middle River
Shooting in Middle River

The incident was discussed during a community Town Hall meeting on Thursday at Victory Villa Baptist Church.

On July 29, county detectives filed criminal charges against the two victims. Both were charged with having drugs that they intended to distribute, and gun-related charges. Illegal drugs and a weapon were found in the victims' vehicle.

As the search for the shooter(s) in this case continues, detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this case to call 410-307-2020.