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Man is arrested after firing gun in complex

August 11, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A night of family gatherings and barbecuing came to a screeching halt Sunday in Court 7 of Noland Village, when a man allegedly fired a handgun outside his ex-wife's apartment.

The Hagerstown Police Department arrested Thomas M. Stillions Sr., of 17024 Hardy Road, Mount Airy, Md., in connection with the shooting just before 10:30 p.m., according to police. No one was hit by the lone shot, according to Hagerstown Sgt. Mark Renner.

Police charged Stillions with disorderly conduct, carrying a firearm, discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment, according to Renner.

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Renner said Stillions walked outside an apartment in Court 7 and fired what is believed to be a .38-caliber pistol into the air.

"At the time he did it, there were many people in the court," Renner said.

Stillions surrendered to police without incident in the parking lot at the Noland Village Community Center and later told police where to find the gun in question, according to Renner.

"He took us back to the house and showed us he hid the gun behind the couch," Renner said.

Charlee Hall, of Abington, Va., said she was visiting family members when the shot rang out.

"At first, we thought it was a firecracker, but it was too loud," Hall said.

Several residents who said they were gathered outside their apartments said they heard the gun blast but did not see Stillions shoot because the area in front of the residence was dark. Residents said Stillions had been staying at the apartment with his ex-wife.

John Killen, who also was visiting relatives in Court 7, said Stillions proudly has displayed the handgun in the past.

"I had one beer with the guy before, and he just showed me the gun," Killen said.

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