Baltimore Sun

Juvenile charged in fatal shooting

8-year-old girl was found critically injured in basement

- By Cassidy Jensen and Ngan Ho

A juvenile has been charged after an 8-year-old girl died from gunfire Wednesday night in Idlewylde, Baltimore County Police said.

“[T]his case is now with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office and Department of Juvenile Services,” the department said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Police said it remains an active investigat­ion, and they won’t be releasing additional details because of the victim’s and suspect’s ages.

Department of Juvenile Services spokespers­on Eric Solomon said the agency does not comment on juvenile cases due to confidenti­ality laws. The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office did not respond late Thursday to a request for comment.

Police officers found the girl critically injured in the basement of a home Wednesday evening in the 6300 block of Sherwood Avenue before she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to police.

A group of people who were gathered in front of the home about 11:30 a.m. Thursday declined to comment, saying it was too early to talk. Investigat­ors believe the shooting was an isolated situation, police said.

“Any incident of gun violence is tragic, and even more so when it leads to the death of a child,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement Thursday morning. “All of Baltimore County grieves with the family who lost a child last night.”

Police didn’t indicate the relationsh­ip of the victim and alleged shooter or the sex of the suspect.

Trae Corbin, a Baltimore County Police spokespers­on, declined at the scene Wednesday night to share details about the shooting. He said officers responded at about 9:25 p.m. to the reported shooting.

It occurred in a home in a strip of rowhouses on the south side of the small commercial area along Sherwood Avenue in the Idlewylde neighborho­od of Towson.

Crime tape had been placed around sections of the block as investigat­ors gathered outside a brick multifamil­y residence surrounded by chain-link fencing.

Police said they believe there is no threat to the public.

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