78-year-old Halethorpe woman, a bystander, is fatally shot in Lansdowne Shopping Center
By Cody Boteler
Baltimore Sun Media Group|
May 03, 2019 at 12:00 AM
A woman was killed Thursday after she was struck by a bullet intended for someone else during an altercation at Lansdowne Shopping Center between at least two men that she had nothing to do with, Baltimore County police officials said.
Police identified her in a tweet shortly before midnight as 78-year-old Isabel Villalobos De Vasquez, of Halethorpe.
“She was outside on a sidewalk area near the shopping center. ... She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, Baltimore County police spokeswoman.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she had been struck “in the upper body.”
Police on Friday were still looking for at least two men involved in the altercation. Both fled the shooting in opposite directions. Peach said she did not have a subject description.
At least one of the two people involved in the altercation fired the fatal shot, police said. A police helicopter hovered above the area searching for suspects Thursday night. As of Friday, Peach said, there were no suspects in custody.
The shooting occurred around 4:25 p.m. in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road. Police blocked off Hollins Ferry Road from Fifth Avenue to just before Lansdowne Avenue.
Third Avenue, near Lansdowne High school, was temporarily shut down while police investigated but was reopened around 6:30 p.m.
Lansdowne High School is located directly across the street from the crime scene. A Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman said dismissal and after-school activities had not been affected by the incident.
Lansdowne High, Lansdowne Middle and Riverview Elementary were on alert status as of 5:18 p.m., according to Brandon Oland, a county schools spokesman. Parents were notified and allowed to take their students home.