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Victim of Light Rail shooting was work release inmate serving time for attempted murder

The man shot at the Lutherville Light Rail Station Friday night is in an inmate work release program, serving a 24-year sentence for attempted murder, a Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman confirmed Monday.

Harold J. Blandon, Jr., 35, was shot by an unknown assailant at the platform after completing his day job and was returning to the re-entry facility, said DPSCS spokesman Mark A. Vernarelli in an email.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said detectives are still working to determine whether Blandon was targeted. Police have not made any arrests.

Blandon suffered non-life-threatening injuries and has returned to a Correctional Services medical facility, Vernarelli said. He was discharged Sunday from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

He had been found guilty in June 2001 in Baltimore Circuit Court of attempted first degree murder and received a 30-year sentence with six years suspended, according to online court records.

Blandon is an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, but was living at a corrections re-entry facility in Baltimore and commuted to his workday job since April, Vernarelli said. He did not provide the name of the business where Blandon worked.

Patuxent accepts only court-referred inmates, and has nine inmates on work release. "Each is carefully selected based upon compliance, institutional record and behavior, time already served, and potential release date," Vernarelli said. "He had been compliant throughout his tenure on work release."

The department's Internal Investigative Unit detectives are working with Baltimore County Police on the investigation.

Police want to speak to anyone who was on or near the platform when the shooting occurred. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact county police at 410-307-2020.

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