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.

Marty Warren August 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Like my Mom always said: "Nothing good happens after midnight"
Bruce Robinson August 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Good headline. That led me to read the story!
Other Tim August 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Wait a minute. The guy is white and nobody took a bus? Something fishy here.
BACourtReporter August 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Why was this guy lose on the street? Record: 2005 possession 2006 assault, deadly weapon 2006 possession 2006 assault 2007 buglary 2007 possession, distribution 2008 assault 2008 violation of probation, possession 2010 distribution of narcotic 2010 possession 2011 dangerous weapon 2011 assault 2012 60 in a 30 zone Maybe this time he'll be put away for a long time.
Evets August 07, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hey, that's my line (at least the bus part).
Tim August 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
T.H. August 08, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Would be nice but they will probably let him plea to discharging a firearm and let him go with time served.
Paul August 08, 2012 at 01:07 PM
They will need another page of violations and perhaps a murder in the mix before they even consider giving this guy time. He hasn't graduated to Tier 2 criminal yet.
Ryan August 08, 2012 at 01:14 PM
This is why we need more gun laws… it would look better having three more charges with nolle prosequi on them. That is what all of the anti gun people don’t realize, there are plenty of laws against guns and gun usage, criminals just don’t abide by them. Why do they think more laws would make criminals less likely to commit crimes? Lastly, is it just me or do the anti gun people always want more gun laws, but at the same time want more leniency for people who commit gun crimes. I was listening to NPR a few weeks ago and Dan Rodericks was complaining about 10 year minimums for the third violent crime committed with a gun, then last week was complaining that the president needs to enact more gun laws?
Ed August 08, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Why don't all these anti this and anti that people get together and go live their own little anit world so this country can be run the way it's supposed to be. Like in countries where, if you comit a crime, you get put away. You do a serious enough crime, you get put away for good, one way or the other, and no 10 - 15 years of appeals. It's like right away.
Emily Kimball (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I have updated the story with the following: "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."
Steve August 08, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Yeah! Why can't we be more like Pakistan!
FIFA August 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Steal, cut the hand off, commit adultery, stone them or cut ........ Off.
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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