GALVESTON — A report of shots being fired between two city houses caused the Galveston Police Department to swarm Ferry Road on Thursday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m., police responded to calls of shots fired in the 500 block of Ferry Road, near the Fish Village neighborhood. 

The area the police were called to contains a group of five houses, situated between Ferry Road and Route 168. According to police, the residents of the northern-most home in the group called police to report their neighbor had fired shots into their building.

“There’s obvious bullet holes inside the residence,” said Galveston police Sgt. Joshua Schirard. The police evacuated people from the house into which shots were fired. 

When police arrived, they discovered two people, a man and a woman, outside the home from where the shots were believed to have been fired. 

Both people were detained by police, but as of Thursday afternoon, no arrests had been made.

“It’s not been determined if either one of them was the shooter or not,” Schirard said. 

Neither suspect wanted to talk to the police at the scene, he added.

Even after detaining the two people, police spent about 30 minutes securing the homes. 

Police with tactical gear and automatic weapons approached the home, and an officer with a loud speaker ordered anyone in the house to exit. 

No one came out.

A police dog from the University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department was used to search the house and found no one. 

Schirard said the police did recover two weapons from the house.

Schirard said the property has been the source of calls before for incidents related to firearms.

(5) comments


GPD swarms to everything. Not trying to be rude but, this is true. I remember a domestic call nearby had 7-8 of our finest in attendance. Now, how many are on the streets on a weekday evening? I was very safe that night. [beam]

Lars Faltskog

Well, I'd rather it be a team of police and any other law enforcement as opposed to late response. All I know is one time when the neighbors misbehaved one night and their party turned into a "rave", it was good to see many police coming at the scene. The ne'er-do-well party-goers dispersed like rats running from a sinking ship.

Victor Krc

A show of overwhelming force can defuse a tense situation very quickly and greatly reduce the odds of escalation.

One little point on geography. I noticed that the neighborhood was referred to as Fish Village - without any quotation marks. When my parents and my sister and I moved into the area in 1950, the neighborhood was known as "Lindale". My sister and I grew up there and my mother lived there until her death in 1997. I do not recall there being any change to the official name of the neighborhood.

I can understand the name Fish Village for the neighborhood because all of the streets are named after the common names of various fish species - Bonita, Tarpon, Dolphin(?), etc.

Was the name of the neighborhood officially changed? Or has its name change been made permanent because of local usage. Just wondering.

Stevie Maradeo

@Vic krc- The neighborhood did not officially change their name. On the property tax report it is still labelled as Lindale. But throughout the years everyone referred to the area as Fish Village. If the Daily News would've used Lindale neighborhood, most people would've had to use Google to figure out where it was.

Victor Krc

OK, thanks. I did not know that. I have lived on the mainland for many years so I am not up to date on the latest island - speak.

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