Frederick police are looking for a man who fired shots into the door of an apartment Sunday morning, according to a department press release issued Monday.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, residents of an apartment in the 200 block of Appleton Place confronted an unknown man who had walked into the apartment, the release states. The occupants told the man to leave and escorted him out the door, but the man turned around and kicked and banged on the door in what the residents believed was an attempt to get back inside. The residents then heard two or three gunshots before the man left, according to the release.

Police determined that the apartment's door had been struck by gunfire. The gunman was described as black, in his late teens or early 20s, and about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black or dark-colored shirt, dark blue pants and a baseball cap, the release states.

Anyone with more information about either the gunfire or the gunman is asked to call Detective Doug Ames at 240-674-6811. Tips can also be left anonymously by voice mail at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), by text message to 240-674-8477 (TIPS), or by email to

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Someone recently posted here that “Frederick is still a safe place to live.” I wonder if that person would feel safe walking down Taney Ave., Key Pkwy., Willowdale Dr., South St., Saints St., South Market St. over in Carrollton or up in Hillcrest, particularly after dark? College Estates used to be a decent neighborhood 40-50 years ago, until over development came to the city with all its attendant problems, drugs and shootings being two of the biggest. It’s gotten to the point where one doesn’t know when or where shots will be fired, and any innocent bystander could become a victim. No, I disagree, Frederick is not “a safe place to live” anymore and, just like Baltimore, it’ll only get worse. Call me full of doom and gloom, people who know me know I’m a realist.


Sad, but true. What can the police do? Where do all of these pistols come from? If we can get rid of them, it would help.


Maybe it's just me, but I've never had a problem in any of those areas.


Maybe not yet, rb, but these areas are the ones in the paper the most for these types of crimes. When I was 12, 13 years old I used to walk anywhere downtown but, then again, there weren’t the shootings back then that there are now.


I find if you don't look for trouble you typically don't find it. Most of the shootings and stabbings and what not are between known parties. Not just random acts. Just my opinion and experience


Maybe typically, rob, but in the shootings at Taney Avenue and the McDonalds the other day, multiple shots were fired and several vehicles were hit. I’m sure the owners/occupants of those vehicles weren’t looking for any trouble. That’s what I meant by these days shootings could be anytime, anywhere in the city and no one knows if they might be an innocent victim sometime.


Possibly, But I also don't leave my doors unlocked...


I don't go into Frederick City unless absolutely necessary. The last time I went into Frederick was 2013 when I had to file some papers at the court house. I am not afraid to go there. It is mainly the traffic, parking, and there is really nothing in Frederick that interests me or that I need.




Way too many incidents involving guns lately

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You are probably right about the guns being illegal. But the more guns, the greater the possibility of guns being in the wrong hands. They don't say the type of gun, in the article, but most likely it was a pistol which does require a permit in Maryland.

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I agree 100% User. [thumbup] Like as not the “victims” were involved in some kind of illegal activity also and, when the one guy started shooting and took off running, that left the “victims” to tell the cops a nice, made up story about how they were “victimized.”

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