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Man posting political signal shoots at Trump supporters who honked at him, police say – WBAL TV Baltimore

A politically charged encounter ended in gunfire over the weekend in Baltimore County, police said.County police said officers were called just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday to the 11000 block of Cedar Lane in Kingsville for a call of an assault.The preliminary investigation revealed that two men driving in the intersection of Cedar Lane and Mount Vista Road with a political campaign sign in the back of their truck began honking at Douglas Kuhn, 50, while he was putting up a political campaign sign on his property. Trump supporters Neal Houk and his son, Bradley Lang, called it a neighborly act, a friendly honk to a Biden supporter they spotted putting up a Black Lives Matter sign.”It’s Kingsville, it’s a friendly area. Everyone honks at each other. We think we were hoping there could be some civility between people who support different candidates,” Lang said.Police said Kuhn picked up a shotgun and discharged it as the truck drove by. The victims drove to a safe location and called police. No one was injured and the truck was not damaged. “We were looking right down the barrel of a shotgun,” Houk said.”He picked up a shotgun from near his feet and ran towards us aiming it and we got 100, 200 feet down the road, he began to fire,” Lang said. “We were scared, although we were happy that he missed, the truck was missed and we were alright.”Kuhn allegedly initially told everyone that he had a shovel, not a shotgun in his hand. There are witnesses who say otherwise.Police arrested Kuhn and charged him with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Police said officers confiscated two firearms from Kuhn’s property.The judge in the case became furious over the current political climate, saying he was aghast that life has gotten to this stage.During a bail review hearing Monday, Baltimore County District Court Judge Philip Tirabassi rhetorically asked: “How did it get to the point where he pulls out a shotgun? What has the world come to? This is beyond belief. Free speech. Why resort to weaponry. This could have been horrible.””I would never think — especially in Kingsville — that anyone would be violent about this situation. We all play nice here. It is America,” Houk said.”He obviously has his political beliefs, as he showed with his signs. We were expressing those same rights, and he attacked us for that,” Lang said.The judge ordered Kuhn to serve home detention until his next court date. Court testimony indicates Kuhn is in the technology business and works for a New Mexico company out of his Baltimore County home. ​

A politically charged encounter ended in gunfire over the weekend in Baltimore County, police said.

County police said officers were called just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday to the 11000 block of Cedar Lane in Kingsville for a call of an assault.

The preliminary investigation revealed that two men driving in the intersection of Cedar Lane and Mount Vista Road with a political campaign sign in the back of their truck began honking at Douglas Kuhn, 50, while he was putting up a political campaign sign on his property.

Trump supporters Neal Houk and his son, Bradley Lang, called it a neighborly act, a friendly honk to a Biden supporter they spotted putting up a Black Lives Matter sign.

“It’s Kingsville, it’s a friendly area. Everyone honks at each other. We think we were hoping there could be some civility between people who support different candidates,” Lang said.

Police said Kuhn picked up a shotgun and discharged it as the truck drove by. The victims drove to a safe location and called police. No one was injured and the truck was not damaged.

“We were looking right down the barrel of a shotgun,” Houk said.

“He picked up a shotgun from near his feet and ran towards us aiming it and we got 100, 200 feet down the road, he began to fire,” Lang said. “We were scared, although we were happy that he missed, the truck was missed and we were alright.”

Kuhn allegedly initially told everyone that he had a shovel, not a shotgun in his hand. There are witnesses who say otherwise.

Police arrested Kuhn and charged him with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Police said officers confiscated two firearms from Kuhn’s property.

The judge in the case became furious over the current political climate, saying he was aghast that life has gotten to this stage.

During a bail review hearing Monday, Baltimore County District Court Judge Philip Tirabassi rhetorically asked: “How did it get to the point where he pulls out a shotgun? What has the world come to? This is beyond belief. Free speech. Why resort to weaponry. This could have been horrible.”

“I would never think — especially in Kingsville — that anyone would be violent about this situation. We all play nice here. It is America,” Houk said.

“He obviously has his political beliefs, as he showed with his signs. We were expressing those same rights, and he attacked us for that,” Lang said.

The judge ordered Kuhn to serve home detention until his next court date. Court testimony indicates Kuhn is in the technology business and works for a New Mexico company out of his Baltimore County home.

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