According to an Annapolis Police report released Monday afternoon, 41-year-old John Estep of Obery Court has turned himself in to police for allegedly
shooting a 14-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, after telling police one of the children had kicked in the door and entered his residence.
At 6:07 p.m. on Saturday night, February 12, Mr. Estep called police complaining a group of juveniles were banging on his door. Police arrived but reported the youths had left.
Then, at 7:12 p.m. an anonymous neighbor reported children kicking a neighbor's door. Then, seven minutes later, police received a call of shots fired at Obery Court.
Annapolis Police had earlier reported that at 7:39 pm they responded to the 100 block of Obery Court for the report of the shots fired. Upon arrival officers located two juvenile victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The juvenile victims were transported to an area hospital.
After Mr. Estep turned himself in, police stated he told them that an individual kicked his door, forcing it open and entered the home. Mr. Estep fired shots at the male intruder’s lower extremities. Mr. Estep stated he fired shots at a group of subjects at the side window. He then exited his residence and fired one shot into the ground and left the area. Investigation reveals that there was damage consistent with breaking and entering on the door of Mr. Estep’s residence. Twenty-five spent shell casings were found inside the residence. One shell casing was recovered on the porch of the residence and a further casing was recovered further outside, but it is unclear if that casing is related to this shooting. The 14 year-old male suffered 2 gunshot wounds to his lower extremities. He has been released from the hospital. The 10 year-old female suffered one gunshot wound to her back. She is still hospitalized and in stable condition.
Estep was arrested and charged with seven criminal charges related to the crime, including two counts of first degree assault. He was released on personal recognizance. This is an active and fluid investigation and we urge anyone with information about this incident to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439.
--from press release
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