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Beltsville shooting suspects sought after being caught on camera

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BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) -- Authorities are working to identify a man caught on surveillance video firing shots at several people outside a Beltsville strip mall early Tuesday.

Officers were called to the 11400 block of Cherry Hill Road at around 1:20 a.m. Police say the suspect got out of a blue four-door sedan and opened fire at a group of men.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Those who frequent the Maryland Farms shopping center on Cherry Hill Road say it's never entered their minds that something like this could happen in the area since it's a nice neighborhood.

In the video, you can see the suspect walk down the right side of the screen and begin opening fire. It appears he fires at least five shots as some of the people run away. At times, you can actually see the flash of the gun going off. Miraculously, no one is hit.

Prince George's County Police say they're extremely concerned that someone would open fire into a crowd like this, and they want to find him as soon as possible.

"We're hoping that anyone can identify this guy -- maybe a certain movement, the way he walks, something," Prince George's County Police Ofc. Nicole Hubbard said.

Although the crime happened in Prince George's County, the Montgomery County line is literally just a football field away from the shopping center. At a pizza joint down the street, employees have replaced a pane of glass shattered by a bullet.

A bullet hole is still visible in the restaurant's wall, though.

Regulars to the shopping center say no matter the reason, it's sad someone would resort to this. It makes them question an area they once considered safe.

Police want to speak with the victims who ran from the scene. Anyone with information should call the Prince George's County Police Department at 301-699-2601.

Video: Prince George's County Police Department

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