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Man Charged in Perry Hall Shooting, Botched Drug Sale

A Dundalk man was charged with attempted first-degree murder following the July 28 incident, police said.

UPDATE (2:23 p.m., Aug. 8)—A Dundalk man, accused of on July 28 in Perry Hall, turned himself in to police on Monday, officials said.

Thomas Joseph Schnople, 24, of the unit block of Court Pleasant in Dundalk, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, kidnapping and firearm use in a violent crime, court records show.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on July 28, Schnople arrived at the 8400 block of Belair Road, across from , police said. A Perry Hall resident allegedly had offered to sell Schnople $600 worth of the prescription pain reliever Percocet, according to Sgt. Sheryl Cindric of the .

The alleged seller entered Schnople's vehicle, which also had two additional occupants. A verbal and physical fight  erupted between Schnople and the Perry Hall man, which continued outside the vehicle, according to police accounts. Schnople then allegedly fired five shots at the Perry Hall man as the alleged seller fled toward to his own car, striking that vehicle, police said.

Schnople allegedly drove from the scene, keeping the two other men inside of his vehicle against their will, according to Cindric.

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Schnople turned himself in to police, and was arrested and charged late in the afternoon on Aug. 6, according to Cindric.

A family member of the suspect contacted Patch and said that he disagreed specifically with the kidnapping charge against Schnople, and hopes to see it dismissed in court.

The actions of the other men involved in the incident, including the alleged seller, remain under investigation, Cindric added.

Capt. Michael Balog of the White Marsh precinct reminded residents that the unlicensed sale of prescription drugs is illegal and violators will be charged.

Ed August 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Don't have to be like Pakistan, we had it right here in this country, from the 1800's and prior. Those laws back then made a lot of criminoals think twice. But you will always have the ones who don't care.
Bill Howard August 12, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Criminals don't all take buses. That's how the get-away-car came to be.
Bill Howard August 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
He was out of jail because liberal MD judges appointed by liberals let him off easy. Lesson: Stop voting for liberals. Next time you see those sitting judges tickets find out who appointed them and run a few of these searches.
Bill Howard August 12, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Steve. Give Obama time and we will be Pakistan
MDB November 30, 2012 at 07:29 AM
I'd guess it's because he can afford to pay fines and court charges. The state makes money off the heads they keep in prison, but the ones that can pay out of pocket in the way of fines stand a better chance of staying on the street then the ones who can't ....it's not about keeping the dirt off the street...it's about the money the city, county, state can pull in.

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