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Woman charged with shooting Baltimore Fire medic in face with BB gun, state police say

A woman suspected of injuring two Baltimore firefighters by shooting a BB gun at a medic unit and then driving off was arrested Wednesday morning by federal agents and state troopers, Maryland State Police said Thursday.

Alysha Williams, 20, was arrested at her home in Catonsville. She is charged with multiple counts of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a BB gun, police said.

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At about 7:30 p.m. Monday, a Baltimore Fire medic unit was responding to a call when a driver pulled up beside them in the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court, off Hollins Ferry Road, in Westport and fired an air pellet gun, striking one medic in the face, spokesman Chief Roman Clark said. Another medic outside the vehicle was hit in the arm by the driver’s car, he added.

“Both members have been transported to a nearby hospital and they are what we call priority three,” Clark said at the time, meaning their conditions required medical attention but not on an emergency basis.

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The two were released from the hospital by Tuesday afternoon, a Baltimore Fire spokesperson said Tuesday.

Baltimore Police confirmed Tuesday morning that investigators are aware of a destructive social media challenge involving toy guns that fire water beads or Orbeez.

Some TikTok posts show people playing with or shooting others using these blasters filled with Orbeez balls.

Baltimore Police posted an infographic about the challenge on social media pages, warning that injuring someone with these toy guns could lead to a felony conviction.

“We can’t say for sure that this case in particular happened because of the TikTok challenge,” spokesman Det. Donny Moses wrote in an email Thursday. “We posted this advisory to social media because we have been experiencing more incidents where airsoft guns and bb guns are being used and people are being injured.”


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