A man was shot to death in Edgewood Wednesday night, the most recent incident in a spate of violence in the community over the last few months, that also included a non-fatal shooting and a stabbing less than two miles apart from each other in May.
Delmonta Deemonyae Leon Young, 19, of the 800 block of St. George Court in Edgewood, was found Wednesday by Harford County Sheriff's deputies lying on a sidewalk in the 400 block of Meadowood Drive, according to Cristie Kahler, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, who said a call for shots fired was reported at 9:41 p.m.
Young was taken by Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m.
Detectives are investigating the shooting as a homicide, Kahler said. No arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.
On May 25, a 28-year-old Baltimore man who had lived in Edgewood was shot multiple times in the 1300 block of East Spring Meadow Court. Deputies believe the shooting happened a short distance away, in the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way.
On May 14, a 23-year-old was found around 12:10 a.m. on Carroll Avenue, near the MARC train station, with multiple stab wounds to his abdomen. A witness told police people were talking about the victim possibly being an informant and how he should "respect the neighborhood," according to charging documents for Delvonta Taiowon Eunnela Brown, who has been charged with attempted murder in that incident.
"While it seems as though there is a spike in the frequency of calls to a few pockets of the Edgewood area, it is not any different than the seasonal spikes we see during the warmer months of any year," Kahler said. "And, in total, if you compared years, you would find that it is not as intense as it has been in years past."
Kahler did acknowledge, however, that detectives investigating the fatal shooting are trying to determine if there is any connection to other recent incidents of violence in the area.
"We regularly evaluate trends in crimes and neighborhoods, as well as partner with other agencies in the county and use technology to aid in our distribution of resources. And these areas have been closely monitored for some time," she said. "For the last two years, we have had deputies in those areas, around the clock to keep the peace, deter violence and make appropriate arrests. While we are vigilant, we cannot 100 percent prevent these crimes. We are limited only by lack of manpower."
On Wednesday night, deputies were on the scene within about a minute of the time the call was dispatched, Kahler noted.
The Edgewood fatal shooting is the third homicide investigated by the Sheriff's Office this year, Kahler said.
The others were in Forest Hill and in the Willoughby Beach area of Edgewood. Both were domestic-related, she said.