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Gaithersburg police officers are shot at from above after parking complaint, authorities say

Police officers responding to a parking complaint in Gaithersburg on Wednesday afternoon were fired upon from above, with nearby residents were encouraged to shelter in place for several hours, authorities said.

Authorities are searching for suspects related to the gunfire aimed near Gaithersburg Police Department officers, the Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement on Twitter.

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As the officers responded to the call, “they reported being shot at from a higher elevation,” Montgomery Police said.

At a media briefing Wednesday afternoon, police said they were called around 3 p.m. for a vehicle blocking the driveway into the Spring Ridge Apartments at 392 N. Summit Ave.

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Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka said officers made contact with the driver who was suspected to be under the influence. The chief said as officers started investigating, they heard one gunshot fired from the top floor of a balcony.

Officers then took cover, Sroka said, and the department is canvassing the area.

Nobody, including the two officers, was injured, police said.

Those in the 300 block of N. Summit Ave. were asked to shelter in place until about 6:45 p.m.

No shell casings have been recovered, Sroka said, and there is no information about whether the two incidents are connected. He also said it’s unclear whether the officers were being targeted.

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Montgomery County and Gaithersburg police are searching for the people who shot at the officers.

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