UPDATE (October 14):
After a bail review hearing today, Ernesto Alexander Piche is now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
UPDATE (October 11 1:10 p.m.)
Ernesto Alexander Piche is now being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $275,000 bail.
UPDATE (October 10 6:34 p.m.):
The suspect who shot a man in the face with a BB gun at Hereford High School Wednesday night is in custody.
Ernesto Alexander Piche (24) was apprehended around 5:45 p.m. in the area of Greenside Drive and Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville by members of the Baltimore County Police Department Warrant Task Force and Career Criminal Units.
The arrest occurred without incident after an intensive search that lasted almost two days.
Police responded to Hereford High School in the 17300 Block of York Road 21120 at 8 p.m. Wednesday night for a report of a shooting. Officers found that the victim and Piche (the victim’s ex-wife’s boyfriend) became involved in an argument on a parking lot next to some athletic fields. During the argument, Piche hit the victim in the face with a BB gun and then shot him at point blank range with it. Piche then fled the scene in his girlfriend's car.
The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and later released.
This incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 7 Investigative Services Team.
Booking photograph for Ernesto Alexander Piche
UPDATE (October 9 8:33 a.m.)
Baltimore County Police have obtained an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Ernesto Alexander Piche of the 19900 Block of Gunpowder Rd 21102 in connection with last night's incident at Hereford High School. The warrant charges him with first degree assault, motor vehicle theft, and related charges.
Police responded to Hereford High School in the 17300 Block of York Road 21120 at 8 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Officers found that the victim and Piche (the victim’s ex-wife’s boyfriend) became involved in an argument on a parking lot next to some athletic fields. During the argument, Piche hit the victim in the face with a BB gun and then shot him at point blank range with it. Piche then fled the scene in his girlfriend's car.
The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.
Ernesto Alexander Piche is still at large. Police believe he may have been injured when he crashed his girlfriend’s car into a tree on Belfast Road. Detectives say people call him Alex.
Anyone with information on Ernesto Alexander Piche is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
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Photograph of Ernesto Alexander Piche
UPDATE (October 9 12:00 a.m.):
Police are continuing to investigate the incident at Hereford High School on Wednesday night that left a man injured.
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated the victim had come to the school to see his son. The victim's ex-wife and the suspect (the ex-wife's boyfriend) also came to the location.
The suspect and the victim became involved in a verbal altercation on a parking lot next to some athletic fields. During the altercation, the suspect struck the victim with a BB or pellet gun and then shot him point blank with it. After the assault, the suspect fled in the victim's ex-wife's car south-bound on York Road. While on York Road, the suspect struck another vehicle, causing minor damage. The suspect later turned onto Belfast Road, went off the roadway and struck a tree. He then exited the vehicle and fled.
Police have conducted an extensive search of the area but have not been able to locate the suspect.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.
The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 24-years-old, 5-07, dark complexion, with black hair and a beard. He was wearing all dark clothing.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
Original release (October 9):
At 8 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded to Hereford High School for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a male in his 50s suffering from wounds to his upper body. Those wounds may have been from a BB Gun or a small caliber handgun. The victim has been taken to an area hospital for treatment.
There were students on campus at the time of the incident but none were involved in the incident.
No reports of injuries other than to the adult male victim.
There is a crash in the area that may be related to the incident.
Anyone in the area who sees any suspicious persons or activity is asked to call 911.