18-year-old fatally shot in Lansdowne

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the unit block of Silerton Road in Lansdowne, according to Baltimore County Police.

A release from the police identified the man as Tyran Dasean Smoot, a resident of that neighborhood.

Police responded at 12:07 a.m. to the Lansdowne Gardens community where they found Smoot wounded and then transported him to St. Agnes Hospital, a police spokeswoman said.

Smoot was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to the spokeswoman, Smoot knew the person who shot him but the spokeswoman could not elaborate.

Police have not released any information about details of the shooting.

Catherine Bucknam, a spokeswoman for Greater Baltimore AHC, a nonprofit organization which owns the complex, said Smoot and a witness that police have in custody both live in the community.

Later in the day Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m., seven Baltimore County police vehicles, including a mobile laboratory, were parked outside of Unit 2 at Lansdowne Gardens, as they continued the investigation.

The unit, as well as a red Ford Focus, blue Ford Taurus and a silver Saturn sedan were cordoned off with crime tape.

One of the windows in the unit had what appeared to be bullet holes in it and another was cracked.

One woman among those who gathered outside the unit Tuesday afternoon, said she was asleep when the shooting took place and didn't hear anything.

The woman declined to give her name but said she had lived in the community for a year and had never seen anything like this there.

Another neighbor, who also declined to identify herself, said, "It's tragic."

Bucknam agreed.

"We're deeply saddened by it, and we're looking into it ourselves," Bucknam said. "This is an unfortunate and tragic event, and we certainly want to make sure that similar events don't occur again."

Bucknam said Greater Baltimore AHC acquired the property, which has 168 apartments and about 500 residents, in 2005.

One other murder has been committed in the community since Greater Baltimore AHC became owners, Buckman said.

Bucknam couldn't provide a date but said the shooting occurred during a domestic dispute.

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