OCEAN CITY — A hectic Thursday night in Ocean City included a drive-by shooting, a stabbing and the accidental discharge of a gun on the beach.
On Friday morning, members of the Ocean City Police Department were restricting access to the beach in the area between 81st and 85th streets to allow authorities to canvas the sand for evidence related to a shooting nearby. Dogs were called to the scene to search for evidence and metal detectors were reportedly going to be utilized on Friday.
In that incident, according to Ocean City Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard, an individual accidently discharged a gun and then disposed of it on the beach. The individual suffered minor injuries.
“The safety of our residents and visitors is our first priority and until we exhaust every effort to ensure that the weapon is not on the beach, we will keep the beach closed in the suspected area,” Richard said. “Out of an overabundance of caution, officers have been working throughout the morning using a variety of search techniques to locate the weapon. Anyone with information is asked to call our Crime Tip Hotline at 410-520-5136 immediately. We appreciate the patience of residents and visitors as officers diligently work to resolve the issue.”
Around midnight, OCPD officers responded to the 9th Street Liquor Mart for a fight. According to Richard, three suspects assaulted a victim and authorities believe a knife was used at some point. A 19-year-old Columbia, Md. man has been detained. The investigation is ongoing. The victim suffered minor injuries.
The OCPD is currently investigating shots fired in the area of 33rd Street and Philadelphia Avenue early Friday morning. At this time, no victims have been reported.
According to an official OCPD release, on Friday at approximately 2:45 a.m. Ocean City police responded to a report of shots fired near the McDonalds. Later in the morning, officers were alerted to evidence of damage caused by ammunition to a vehicle nearby. There have been no reported victim(s) of a shooting at this time. The investigation is continuing.
Updates on these incidents will be released as available.