A Baltimore man who was fatally shot near railroad tracks in Anne Arundel County Thursday night went to the location to buy a car he had seen advertised online, Anne Arundel County police said.

The man, identified by police as Rene Filsfdelfo Leiva-Archila, 44, of Baltimore, was shot at about 7:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of Railroad Avenue, an industrial business site near the intersection of Shipley Avenue and Dorsey Road. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.


Leiva-Archila had gone to the area to meet the suspect to buy a car from him that was advertised on Craigslist, police said. Police believe the suspect targeted Leiva-Archila to rob him.

During the encounter, the other man shot Leiva-Archila in the upper body.

A third man, who was accompanying Leiva-Archila, fled from the scene unharmed, police said. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

Police described the suspect as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a heavy build. He had black hair with a crew cut and had a "five o'clock shadow," police said. The man drove a silver or white mid-size, four-door sport utility vehicle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Vince Carbonaro at 410-222-3566 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Anne Arundel police cautioned people to be cautious when responding to online ads.

Before meeting a seller in person, police said you should get a name and telephone number from the seller. All meetings should be in high-traffic public places such as shopping centers. A witness should be brought along and friends and family should be notified of the meeting, police said.

In August, Anne Arundel police charged a teenager from Ferndale with a series of robberies. Police said Jacob Patrick Valentine, 17, advertised an iPhone 5 on Craigslist and then met potential buyers at George Cromwell Elementary School in Ferndale. He then robbed the buyers and, in one case, fired a semi-automatic handgun, missing the victim, but hitting a car mirror.