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12 Baltimore County schools postponed dismissing students amid reports of shots fired

Twelve Baltimore County schools postponed dismissing students Thursday amid reports of shots fired in the area of Cornwall Road, Baltimore County police and school officials announced on Twitter.

The 12 affected schools included: Dundalk High, Sollers Point, Patapsco High, Crossroads Center, Dundalk and Holabird middle schools and Dundalk, Berkshire, Logan, Colgate, Grange, and Norwood elementary schools.


Officers cleared the schools for dismissal around 3:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police received a call at 2 p.m. for several people exchanging gunfire at one another in the 3100 block of Cornwall Road, Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman said, said.


Officers found evidence of gunfire, Vinson said. He declined to specify further.

Police also located a truck possibly connected to the incident in the 2900 block of Yorkway.

The shooting is still under investigation and police have not made an arrest, Vinson said. As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, there were no reports of injuries related to the incident.

Patty Smith moved 10 minutes from her last home four months ago after a shooting a few houses down.

Thursday afternoon, she faced that same situation again in her new neighborhood.

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Smith, 59, was watching TV in her living room when she heard 10 “pop, pop, pops.”

She thought it was firecrackers, just “kids being kids.”

But then Smith said she watched as the usually quiet neighborhood became canvassed with police tape as officers arrived.


“It’s scary,” Smith said. “Those bullets have no name on them. You could be out here and it could just accidentally end up being you with these drive by shootings.”

Smith, who lives with her son, loved to have her grandkids over to play on the grassy front lawn. But she says that won’t happen anymore.

“We were already planning on moving in June but this makes me not want to stay even more.”

Baltimore County Public Schools officials canceled an event — BCPS Behavior Summit: Pathways to Success — which was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Sollers Point Technical High School as a result of the police activity.