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Police: Instagram weed deal possibly connected to house being shot up in Aberdeen

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 09:33:15-05

ABERDEEN, Md. (WMAR) — Aberdeen Police are investigating if a house shot up Sunday night was in retaliation to a drug deal arranged on Instagram last week.

The latest incident happened just before 11:45 p.m. Sunday at a home in the unit block of Liberty Street.

Police got to the scene and found the home shot up.

The occupants reported hearing four or five gunshots, but were able to take cover inside a closet and avoid being hit.

Now detectives think it may be related to a similar incident on February 20, in the same block.

An investigation found that a juvenile victim in that incident had been talking with someone on Instagram who wanted to sell him weed.

The victim was told to meet the dealer at a field behind a home on Liberty Street. When he showed up, two people emerged from behind an abandoned building in the field.

Police believe the victim got scared and tried running away, at which point shots were fired. Luckily he wasn't struck or hurt.

One of the homes on Liberty Street then ended up being raided by police, who found three guns inside; a Smith and Wesson .40 Caliber pistol, Taurus 9MM Pistol, and a Smith and Wesson .357 Revolver.

Two of the guns turned out to be stolen, one out of Cumberland and the other from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Police charged 21-year-old Ramon Mendoza, and 17-year-old's Justin and Jeremy Taylor, all of Aberdeen, with two counts of possessing stolen firearms.

Investigators are still looking into whether the three suspects and guns are connected to both incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aberdeen Police at 410-272-2121.