FELLS POINT SHOOTING | 'It's a mystery'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - It’s been four days since police found a local volunteer firefighter shot to death, and no arrests have been made.
Jon Hickey, 31, was found dead inside his home on East Pratt Street in Upper Fells Point Nov. 30.
Police were asked to check on Hickey’s well-being after no one had seen or heard from him for a couple of days.
“A friend of the victim had been out with him several days prior to that,” explained BPD Detective Donny Moses. “They hadn’t seen him. They hadn’t heard from him, phone or social media. There was just nothing, and that was not common.”
Det. Moses said when officers arrived to the home, Hickey’s door was locked. Inside, they found the 31-year-old dead, with a gunshot wound to his head.
Detectives canvassed the home and neighborhood, talking with neighbors and checking any available security cameras.
Investigators have not yet released a motive in the killing and wouldn’t comment when asked about any signs of forced entry, so as not to jeopardize the case.
“The way we found the place, it wasn’t a mess,” explained Moses. “It’s a mystery. You really don’t want to rule out anything, but with the way we found the location, it’s particularly puzzling. It just doesn’t fit what you would find in such a scene.”
Hickey was a volunteer firefighter and in the process of joining the Baltimore City Fire Department.
Hickey was also a photographer, often capturing Baltimore’s landscape. The city, family said, was always very dear to his heart.
“It appears to be senseless,” said Moses. “You have a young man who was about to bloom. He had everything to live for. Why someone would do this for him? That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”
Police and Hickey’s family are now asking for the public’s help with information on the case.
In terms of noticing anything suspicious, investigators said it’s possible Hickey was killed a day or two before police discovered his body.
A GoFundMe.com page has been set-up to help Hickey’s family with funeral expenses.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville.
Anyone with information regarding this murder is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443) 902-4824.