Baltimore, MD – A 20-year-old Catonsville woman was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly shooting Baltimore firefighters with a BB gun as they were handling a medical emergency call.
The suspect also allegedly hit one of the firefighters with her vehicle as she was fleeing the scene, WBAL reported.
The incident occurred as Baltimore firefighters were handling a medical call in the 2400-block of Wilgrey Court on the night of Aug. 8, according to WBFF.
They were just preparing to clear from the scene when a suspect suddenly drove up to them and shot one of the firefighters in the face with a BB gun, WBAL reported.
A second firefighter was hit in the arm by the suspect’s vehicle as she fled the scene, the Maryland State Police (MSP) said in a press release on Thursday.
Both firefighters injured in the attack are expected to recover, Baltimore Firefighters Local 734 told WBAL on Tuesday.
“I’m sure it’s going to take a little bit,” Langford said. “It’s also a lot of stress on them, you know, you don’t expect to come to work and have to deal with that.”
Baltimore City Assistant Fire Chief Roman Clark said he has never seen firefighters come under such an assault in his nearly five decades of service.
“This act that took place last night is something that’s totally unusual to us,” Assistant Chief Clark told WBAL. “Someone sticking or pointing a gun at someone, I believe, I would’ve panicked myself.”
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott called the attack “disrespectful, silly, and plain-out ridiculous,” WBAL reported.
The MSP later identified the alleged shooter as 20-year-old Alysha Williams.
Police tracked Williams down at her home in Catonsville at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday and arrested her on charges of reckless endangerment, multiple counts of first- and second-degree assault, and discharging a BB gun, the agency said in the press release.
A potential motive for the attack has not been released.
The Baltimore Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation, according to the MSP.