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More Shots Fired At Hostage Scene

March 20, 2000

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) _ Three bursts of gunshots rang out today at the scene of a hostage standoff, where police pressed negotiations with a murder suspect holding three people for a fourth day.

A round gunfire erupted early this afternoon from the house where the suspect, Joseph Palczynski, was holding his ex-girlfriend’s mother and two relatives.

Police then went on a loudspeaker to tell the suspect to pick up the phone to talk: ``We want to talk with you and find out what’s going on. We don’t want to see anybody get hurt.″

Then, two more bursts of shots were fired from the house. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was hurt.

On Sunday, police began escorting people out of the neighborhood in armored cars after shots were fired from the home.

Authorities in the blue-collar Baltimore suburb gave little information about their strategy, or whether they thought the hostage-taker was getting any sleep.

``There are a lot of details that are not being released about this case,″ Cpl. Vickie Warehime said at the scene this morning. ``This is an ongoing barricade with hostages inside.″

``The hostages are fine. He’s still talking to us,″ Warehime said.

Palczynski had been on the run since March 7, when he allegedly gunned down three people and kidnapped his former girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead. Police said he killed another woman March 8 while trying to steal a car. Later that day, Whitehead escaped unharmed.

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