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Man, 29, shot in Penn North on Christmas Eve

A 29-year-old man was shot in the lower back in West Baltimore's Penn North neighborhood on Christmas Eve, police said.

Officers were called at 5:41 p.m. to the intersection of Druid Hill Avenue and Cloverdale Road, where they found the man injured, police said. He is expected to survive.

No suspect or motive information has been released. Western District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2477.

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State police to pay $600k legal fees in racial profiling suit

A Baltimore County judge has again ordered Maryland State Police to reimburse civil liberties groups nearly $600,000 in legal fees over a long-running court battle over racial profiling, according to the ACLU and the law firm that assisted the group in the case.

The Maryland ACLU touted the court order as a victory for the right to public information.

"This ruling sends a strong message to government officials, particularly law enforcement, that transparency and accountability is vital to a healthy relationship with the communities they serve," Gerald Stansbury, president of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP branches, said in a statement.

Judge Timothy J. Martin had ruled that police had to cover the legal fees in March, but police asked him to reconsider. This week, Martin affirmed his ruling.

"To require the NAACP to underwrite on its own the expenses to secure performance by the MSP of providing these documents ordered by this court six years ago and ultimately ordered by the Court...

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Instagram account depicts troubled shooter

As Ismaaiyl Brinsley made his way to New York from Baltimore County to kill two police officers, detectives discovered he was foreshadowing the violent attack on an Instagram account.

"I'm Putting Wings On Pigs Today," read the message that has now been widely discussed since two New York police officers were gunned down Saturday. "They Take 1 Of Ours…..Let's Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post … I'm Putting Pigs In A Blanket"

The Instagram message included a photo of a pistol like the one used in the shooting and was posted on the social media site minutes before Brinsley fired on New York officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Brinsley committed suicide as police closed in.

The ominous message, as well as other Instagram posts, provided snapshots of the 28-year-old Georgia man's thoughts moments before his deadly onslaught, as well as what Brinsley was like in the weeks and months before.

Photos on the account portray a...

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Man found with gunshot wound in mall parking lot

A man was shot in the abdomen Tuesday afternoon not far from the intersection where a Baltimore police officer was shot earlier this month.

Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Fairview Avenue at 3:26 p.m., and a short time later found a man shot in the abdomen at Mondawmin Mall. The victim said he ran to the mall parking lot after he was shot nearby.

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but his condition was not immediately known.

Northwestern District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2466.

Baltimore Police Officer Andrew Groman was shot Dec. 14 during a traffic stop at the intersection of Gwynns Falls and Tioga parkways, which is located in the same neighborhood as the mall, Tuesday's shooting scene and Coppin State University. He remains hospitalized.

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Condition improves for woman shot by killer of NYPD officers

The condition of the 29-year-old woman who was shot in Owings Mills by the man who went on to kill two New York City police officers has improved, hospital officials confirmed.

Shaneka Thompson had been listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, but on Tuesday the hospital said she was upgraded to "serious" condition. Police have said she was expected to survive injuries from being shot in the stomach inside her apartment near the Owings Mills Mall.

Baltimore County and New York City police said they briefly interviewed Thompson on Sunday night. They want to know more about Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley, an ex-boyfriend who shot her in the stomach Saturday morning, then traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he fatally shot police officers Wen Jian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40.

Thompson is a member of the Air Force Reserves. Master Sgt. Kevin Brody confirmed that Thompson served as an Air Force Reservist in the 440th Medical Squadron, which is based at Pope Army Airfield in...

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Baltimore Co. police say they rushed to tell New York of cop-killer

Baltimore County police said Monday that they rushed to warn New York police — through phone calls, fax and Teletype — about a man who pledged to kill officers in their area, and that no one could have known he would strike so quickly, leaving two officers dead within minutes after a "wanted" flier arrived.

"We were dealing with a deadline we didn't know existed," said Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for Baltimore County police. "We have every indication that our officers and detectives here followed our standard operating procedures."

Baltimore County police released a detailed timeline Monday describing their efforts to track Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, 28, after he shot a former girlfriend, Shaneka Nicole Thompson, 29, in Owings Mills early Saturday. Nine hours later, Brinsley shot and killed New York officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in what police there describe as an assassination.

The timeline, which now matches New York police officials' descriptions of the communications, shows...

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