Maryland: Man lures seagulls into parking lot to run them over

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Laurel, Maryland (CNN)(01/06/20)— Maryland police are looking for a person they say deliberately lured a group of birds and ran them over.

Laurel Police Department officers responded to a shopping center in Laurel Saturday morning after a report of animal cruelty in the parking lot, the department said in a Facebook post. There, they found a group of dead seagulls close to each other.

This is one of the photos posted by the Laurel Police Department. Officers responded to the Laurel Plaza Shopping Center in Laurel, Maryland, Saturday morning after a report of animal cruelty.

“Through investigation, officers learned that a subject purchased a bag of pre-popped popcorn from the Dollar Tree. That subject then emptied the bag of popcorn in the parking lot intentionally luring the group of seagulls,” the department posted.

That person then ran over the birds with their vehicle, killing at least 10 and then fleeing the scene, police said.

Officers said they believe the incident took place between 9:00 and 10:30 A.M. “Any witnesses, or anyone with information regarding this incident, is urged to contact Cpl. Wilson or send tips to,” the department posted.

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