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Firefighter shot in face with air pellet gun, another's arm hit by fleeing car, officials say

BALTIMORE -- A firefighter was shot in the face with an air pellet gun and another's arm was hit by a fleeing vehicle, officials said.

The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of 2400 Wilgrey Court in the Westport neighborhood, as first responders were attending to a medical call.

"A car basically drove up by them and basically began firing what we call an air pellet gun," said Assistant Chief Roman Clark.

One firefighter was hit in the face, prompting another to get out of the fire engine.

"One of the other members who actually got out of the vehicle was struck by the car on his arm," said Clark.  

Mayor Brandon Scott described the incident as a "senseless act of violence" in a statement.

"I had the opportunity to visit them and I'm happy to say their injuries are non life-threatening," he said. "Our firefighters and EMTs are dedicated to the people of Baltimore when they need lifesaving assistance. Despite tonight's senseless incident both firefighters remain committed to serving the people of Baltimore.

"For someone to treat them in this manner displays an unimaginable disregard for the safety and well-being of public servants who regularly place their lives on the line for others," Scott added. 

The department said both firefighters are suffering from non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be OK.

"Our members continue to work tirelessly to help those in need within our community and this isolated incident will not alter the way we render care," said Fire Chief Niles R. Ford. "Our first responders made a commitment to care for residents and visitors within the City of Baltimore, and I am committed to their safety and will work alongside Mayor Brandon M. Scott to focus on the safety of all BCFD members and First Responders."

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