Kingsville, MD – A Maryland man was denied bail after he opened fire on his neighbors with a shotgun when they honked and waved at him from a truck with a Trump 2020 flag.
Court records showed the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 when 50-year-old Douglas Kuhn was putting up a Black Lives Matter sign in his front yard in the 11000-block of Cedar Lane, The Baltimore Sun reported.
That was when Kuhn’s neighbors – Neal Houk and Bradley Lang – passed by their neighbor’s house with the Biden-Harris sign in the yard and honked and waved at him.
Houk’s white pickup had a “Trump 2020” flag flying from it and a big “Trump-Pence, Keep America Great” sign mounted in the truck bed, The Baltimore Sun reported.
He told police that after they honked and waved at the neighbor, he saw Kuhn pick up a shotgun from the ground and aim it at his truck as they turned right onto Mount Vista Road.
“He reached down. He had a shotgun right there, pulled it out and pointed it right at us,” Houk told WJZ. “And we were in disbelief. Next thing we heard was a shotgun blast.”
Kuhn fired one shot at Houk’s truck but didn’t hit anything, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Nobody was injured during the incident.
Officials said the pair in the pickup truck drove to a safe place and called 911, according to the Perry Hall Patch.
Houk told WJZ that he had never seen or met Kuhn before he honked and waved at him.
A neighbor who clearly heard the shotgun blast said that he thought “people are taking the politics a little too serious.”
“For someone to take it that far, you gotta be filled with a lot of rage to go out and put your sign up and carry a 12-gauge with you,” the neighbor told WJZ.
He said he believed that several pro-Biden signs had been stolen from Kuhn’s yard but said that didn’t justify the man shooting at his neighbors.
Kuhn was arrested and charged with two counts each of first-degree and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and using a firearm to commit a felony, The Baltimore Sun reported.
He was booked into the Baltimore County Detention Center and arraigned before District Judge Philip N. Tirabassi on Oct. 19.
Tirabassi gave Kuhn home detention so that he could continue to perform IT work for a company based in New Mexico, The Baltimore Sun reported.
He also ordered Kuhn to have no contact with Houk or Lang.
“How did we get to this point?” the judge wondered aloud in court, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Kuhn’s attorney said that his client planned to plead “not guilty” to the charges.
If convicted, Kuhn is facing up to 100 years in prison for the crimes, WJZ reported.
Court records showed Kuhn claimed to investigators in an interview that he “not aware of any such incident” with the men in the Trump-bedecked truck, The Baltimore Sun reported.
But police retrieved a shotgun and a rifle in the bedroom at Kuhn’s home, and the probable cause statement said the shotgun was loaded with two rounds that matched the brand on the spent shell casings police recovered from Kuhn’s front yard.
Houk told WJZ that he didn’t want to see his neighbor sent to prison for 100 years for what happened.
He said that they had honked at the man in a good-natured way.
“It’s Kingsville. It’s a friendly area,” Lang said. “Everyone honks at each other.”