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Shots fired at Stafford New Years Eve party

At least three residents in the area of Westminster and Picadilly lanes called 911 to report a large party, and then hearing what sounded like fireworks or gunshots.

“They turned out to be gunshots,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 12:30 a.m. Friday to find a crowd of 30 to 50 people on the streets who had been attending a party. An argument broke out, and then someone fired a handgun.

“They heard what sounded like five or six shots… heard pops, a pause, and then several more pops,” said Kennedy.

Deputies found bullet holes inside nearby apartments. The residents came home to find bullet holes in walls and bedroom furniture.

“It was right where they slept, and had they been home they couldn’t have been injured,” said Kennedy.

No one was hurt.

The shooter could have fled the scene on foot, running in the direction of the Route 610 – Staffordboro Commuter Lot. He’s described as black, with dreadlocks, thin build, 5 feet 9 inches tall, said Kennedy.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Stafford Crime Solvers.

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  • Neighbor

    As one of the households that called 911 that night, I would genuinely be surprised if anything came of this investigation.

    For one thing, there are a few issues with this article. The police did not show up at 12:30am. They were CALLED at 12:30am but did not arrive until closer to 1 am. There was only 1 officer that showed up, in an unmarked police car, with no lights or sirens going. At that time, there were maybe 1 or 2 people left on the street. Everyone else from the party had fled, which is not surprising since the police didn’t show up until 20-30 minutes after the shots were fired.

    The shooter most assuredly fled the scene in the direction of the commuter lot, as did about 15 other people at that party.

    The reason I doubt this investigation will be very successful? Because I’m willing to bet my yearly income that the residents who threw the party didn’t called the police. Nor did anyone at the party. Am I surprised? Not even close.

    It seems like nobody but the neighbors and the people with holes in their apartments care. Which is sad considering their is someone who tried to commit murder on the loose.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I have to agree with “Neighbor’s” comments. To me, personally, it seems that police SHOULD be able to enter the apartment of the person who held the party to see if they can recover a handgun, OR the names of the people that attended the party. The person who held the party needs to admit who did this, or be held responsible for what happened in their household.

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