When Gilmore heard the loud pop from inside his home early Sunday morning, the last thing he imagined were gunshots. He lives in Woodberry, on TV Hill where three city television stations broadcast, and in four years, has never heard shots there.
There was no doubt about the bullet hole, the ricochet marks, and the spent round he found inside the Rockrose Avenue home, however. The bullet traveled the length of his rowhome, he said.
"I took out the tape measure. I had been sitting at the computer, and five feet to the right and it's in my head," Gilmore, 28, said.
Gilmore thinks the bullet was intentionally fired, but at the wrong home in the block. He said he called police, who didn't respond for more than 20 minutes. The first call was placed at 1:01 a.m., and he had to call back at 1:21 when no one had shown up. An officer cruised by a short time after that, but initially rolled past his house.
Gilmore praises the professionalism of the officer who eventually did arrive – he said she canvassed the area for information and listened to his concerns. But he wonders what would have happened if the situation had been considered more urgent. He said he was told by police that officers had been tied up at the Morgan State University Homecoming events.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that officers arrived at 1:27 a.m. The case has been classified as "destruction of property," and he said the department is looking into what caused the delay in response time.
"Of course it's tremendously alarming - but we have to balance a bullet in a doorway with someone who fires at someone else. Depending on the call volume in the district" the response time is affected, he said.
Gilmore and his wife, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, spent the night at his parents' house in the suburbs. The next day, they went to the Northern District police station because they wanted to talk to a detective and see what follow-up work police would do.
"I said to him, 'Is there any good reason for us to stay at our house?'" Gilmore said. "There's a million addresses we can live at - it doesn't have to be one where" there's the potential for another such incident, he said.
Gilmore said he's a big proponent of the city, and city living. He's not sure what to tell people now.
"Another detective is supposed to call me this evening, but I'm not hopeful of any reassurance at this point," he said in an e-mail Tuesday. "Really I just want to know whether it's okay to fix my door and patch my drywall."