UMBC stu­dent among four fa­tally shot

22-year-old was for­mer swim­mer at the school

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Kevin Rec­tor krec­tor@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/rec­tor­sun

A 22-year-old stu­dent and for­mer swim­mer at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County was fa­tally shot in South­west Bal­ti­more on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to city po­lice.

De­tec­tives be­lieve Jack­son Bleier, a Fed­eral Hill res­i­dent and fifth-year stu­dent at UMBC, may have been in the Yale Heights neigh­bor­hood to buy drugs and was shot while try­ing to drive off, po­lice said. Po­lice said that assess­ment was based on a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but would not elab­o­rate.

“As the vic­tim at­tempted to drive away, an un­known suspect fired into the vic­tim’s car, strik­ing him in the torso and caus­ing him to crash his car,” po­lice said.

De­tec­tive Donny Moses, a po­lice spokesman, said Bleier used to live near the scene and was “no stranger to” the area around the 600 block of Yale Ave., where he was found about 5:20 p.m. in his Jeep suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound.

Moses said no drugs were found in Bleier’s ve­hi­cle. Bleier died at Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter.

Moses said po­lice did not have any suspects in the shoot­ing as of Mon­day af­ter­noon but planned to con­duct rou­tine can­vass­ing in the neigh­bor­hood to try to find more in­for­ma­tion. Bleier’s fam­ily, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., could not be reached for com­ment.

Bleier de­scribed him­self on In­sta­gram as a for­mer Divi­sion I swim­mer at UMBC, cit­ing fit­ness and “Jeep life” among his in­ter­ests. He posted im­ages of him­self work­ing out and off-road­ing in his Jeep.

His col­le­giate swim ca­reer con­cluded at the end of the 2015-2016 aca­demic year, the univer­sity said. His pro­file on the UMBC swim­ming web­site, from his ju­nior year, de­scribes him as a 6-foot-7, 220-pound so­ci­ol­ogy ma­jor who swam freestyle and back­stroke.

Bleier’s shoot­ing was one of sev­eral in the city from Sun­day into Mon­day.

Po­lice re­sponded at 1:15 a.m. Sun­day to the 2900 block of Echodale Av­enue in Hamilton Hills, where they found 27-yearold man shot in the neck. He was trans­ported to an area hospi­tal and is ex­pected to survive, po­lice said.

A sec­ond vic­tim, 38-year-old Dar­nell Poole, was found on nearby St. Cloud Av­enue with gun­shot wounds to the chest, po­lice said. Poole was trans­ported to Sinai Hospi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead, po­lice said.

About 1:15 a.m. Mon­day, of­fi­cers were di­rected to a park­ing lot in the 2600 block of W. Pat­ap­sco Ave. in Dorch­ester Heights, and found an uniden­ti­fied man suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound to the up­per torso, po­lice said.

The man died a short time later at Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal, po­lice said.

About 1:55 p.m. Mon­day, a wo­man was found shot in the 4500 block of Manorview Road, in the city’s Up­lands neigh­bor­hood. She was taken to an area hospi­tal for treat­ment.

About the same time, of­fi­cers re­sponded to an­other shoot­ing across town, in the 2600 block of Robb Street in the city’s Cold­stream Homestead Mon­te­bello neigh­bor­hood. There they lo­cated an uniden­ti­fied man suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds. The vic­tim was pro­nounced dead at a lo­cal hospi­tal.

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