Sheriff's Office investigating morning shooting in Westminster

WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Friday morning, April 20, in Westminster that prompted a lockdown of nearby schools as a precautionary measure — but now may be a case of a self-inflicted injury, according to the sheriff's report.

The sheriff's office said in a statement that just after 11 a.m. Friday, deputies were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Gorsuch Road, Westminster, for a report of a shooting.

Arriving deputies found a man who'd been shot in the right hand and leg. The man told the sheriff's deputies that he was confronted and shot in the home by a white male, about 30 to 40 years old, 6-feet-1 tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with medium length brown hair, wearing a green shirt and brown shorts.

The suspect reportedly fled on foot, and the sheriff's office said a perimeter was established, based on the victim saying he'd recognized the man as a local resident.

Carroll County Public Schools were notified, and a precautionary lock down was implemented at four public and two private schools in the immediate area while police searched. In addition, a reverse 911 call was placed to phones in the area to alert residents of the suspect's description and search operations.

Meanwhile, the victim was taken by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

But then — according to the sheriff's report — investigators received information from a source suggesting the victim's injuries might actually have been self inflicted.

The office said search operations concluded at about 1:30 p.m. The lockdown of schools was lifted, and another reverse 911 call was made alerting residents that the operation had concluded.

As of Friday afternoon, the sheriff's office said detectives were still collecting evidence and interviewing "persons of interest."

The incident is still being investigated as a shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Carroll County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Section, at 410-386-2900.

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