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Maryland driver lures seagulls to parking lot, mows them down, killing 10

Police in Laurel said the person used popcorn to lure the birds.

Authorities in Maryland were searching Sunday for a person who lured a group of seagulls to a shopping center parking lot before driving over them, killing at least 10 of the birds.

A driver lured seagulls with a bag of popcorn before running them over in a Maryland parking lot. A Laurel police officer holds one of the injured seagulls.Laurel Police Department

Officers were alerted Saturday morning to a report of possible animal cruelty in Laurel, between Washington and Baltimore, Laurel police said in a statement.

The officers discovered that a person had bought a bag of popcorn from a dollar store and emptied it in the parking lot, intentionally attracting a flock of birds, the department said.

The person then plowed through the seagulls in a car and fled, the statement said.

Authorities provided no other information about the suspect.

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The department posted photos Sunday on its Facebook page of an officer with an injured bird whose wing had been broken. The officer took the bird to a wildlife rescue center to have the wing mended, the department said.