Joppa house, car, hit by bullets during December incident, police say

An ongoing investigation of an incident last month has determined the hail of bullets fired at four men in Joppa also struck a house and vehicle, a Harford County Sheriff's Office captain said Monday.

The Sheriff's Office originally reported that the four men were shot at by unknown assailants near the 200 block of Garnett Road on Dec. 16.


No one was injured in the incident, but Capt. Jonathan Krass told the members of the Joppa/Joppatowne Community Council at their Monday at the sheriff's office southern precinct that a home also was hit.

Krass told the council attendees that the suspects remain at large.


"They don't have a lot of information in regard to who the suspects were," he said.

He later said the home hit by bullets is in the 200 block of Garnett Road and that the victims' car, a Chrysler 300, was also hit by bullets.

Police recovered a round that went through the wall into the house, he said.

The four victims left a party on Kershaw Road at 11:22 p.m. on Dec. 16, according to the original Sheriff's Office summary.

The victims were followed by three men as they walked toward a convenience store on Joppa Farm Road, where an argument began.

The victims then heard multiple gunshots being fired from behind them, according to the report.

HdG vs. Joppatowne

Also at Monday's meeting, County Councilman Dion Guthrie blasted Harford County for spending $700,000 to buy a 0.8-acre parcel of waterfront property in Havre de Grace instead of buying the former Mariner Point Swim Club property in Joppatowne.

Joppa-area residents have been asking the county to buy the swim club site and turn it into a community center.

"This whole thing has been nothing but a big mess," Guthrie said during community council meeting, noting money was available to buy the swim club site but was used instead for the Havre de Grace purchase, which the county council had earlier tried to block.

Guthrie, who represents the area, called the Joppatowne property "a flat, beautiful piece of land" that was never contaminated.

"It has everything going for it, to make a community center out of it," he said.


He showed photos of the Havre de Grace site on Water Street with signs of contamination.

Guthrie called the Havre de Grace purchase, which is being directed by Harford County Executive David Craig, a case of misplaced priorities. Craig is a Havre de Grace resident and former mayor of the city.

"You have to put your priorities in place," Guthrie said. "The Joppatowne land should have been a priority because you know that is a very prime piece of property."

"It's not going to sit there," Guthrie added. "Somebody is going to develop it."

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