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Fire station shot

October 21, 2011

A shooting at a Maiden fire station could have been much worse.

Suspects fired two shots into Maiden Fire Department’s station on Startown Road in the past 24-48 hours.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the rounds damaged the station’s glass bay doors and hit one fire engine.

Police and fire officials believe suspects fired the rounds from the roadside on Startown Road within the last day or two.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said one firefighter was at the station as late as 1:30 a.m. Friday, and police are still investigating the shooting.

Maiden Police Chief Tracy Ledford said there are no suspects at this time.

“One round went through head high,” Hipps said. “If I was standing in front of the engine when it went through, it could have well hit me.”

The two rounds went through the station’s glass bay doors.

One round entered through the left bay door about a foot off the ground. It then traveled about 60 feet to the back of the bay garage and exited through the rear of the building.

Another round entered the right bay door about six feet off the ground and traveled into the engine of Maiden’s fire truck No. 4.

The bullets traveled through sections of the station that firefighters frequent daily for maintenance, cleaning and responding to calls, Hipps said.

Police are still investigating what type of gun was used. The bullet holes in the glass are about an inch in diameter. The force of the bullet passing through caused the glass to spider-web and split into hundreds of cracks and lines.

Hipps said the department will have to replace the glass and get a mechanic to look at the engine of the fire truck that was hit — frustrating fixes for a department that just opened two months ago.

“It it very disappointing,” Hipps said. “Things are hard to come by, including for fire departments. We are proud of the new station and it’s aggravating that we have to fix something for no reason."

Hipps said he hopes the shooting is random and is concerned that the suspects shot at an area frequented by firefighters.

“There’s enough hazards with this job without worrying about being shot at,” he said. “It’s just frustrating.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.

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