BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Three people shot to death, then set on fire in a Baltimore home. Derek Valcourt reports with the newly-released 911 calls from neighbors who question the way Baltimore police handled this case.
A chilling crime in the 4300 block of Nicholas Avenue. The 56-year-old homeowner, his adult daughter and her boyfriend, all shot to death. The house then set on fire, police believe in an effort to cover up the crime.
For the first time, WJZ has obtained the frightened neighbor’s phone call to 911 after the shots but before the fire.
Caller: Um.. I thought I heard three shots next door to me.
Caller: I heard all this noise. First, I heard a lot of noise running around on the second floor, ’cause I’m up, my bedroom’s on the second floor front. And then I just heard three shots. Now it’s quiet as can be over there. I’m kinda nervous and scared. I don’t know what’s going on. But I heard somebody hollering and then I heard it just be quiet.
911: OK, we’re going to get someone to check it out for you.
Within minutes of the call, an officer arrives on the scene and radios to dispatch.
“I just came from around here. It’s quiet so, no idea. I didn’t hear a thing. A guy leaving out said he didn’t hear anything.”
The officer then radios another officer to help search.
“You can respond. We are trying to get somebody to open the door.”
When no one answers the door, police canvass the area and leave.
“Canvassed. We didn’t see no shell casings.”
The victim’s bodies were discovered an hour and a half later by firefighters. Outraged neighbors think police should have done more.
“After hearing that there were gunshots, I think they should have attempted to get inside,” said Terry Rogers, a neighbor.
Police say they did everything they legally could.
“I could have been watching ‘Die Hard,'” said Anthony Guglielmi, the Baltimore Police Spokesman. “I could be having my surround sound on. Does that mean police are going to break down my door every time I watch HBO?
Police say they still have not made any arrests, they don’t have suspects, not even a person of interest in the case. Their investigation is ongoing.
They say the homeowner did not have a criminal past, but his daughter and her boyfriend did. Investigators are still conducting interviews.