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Employee found wounded at Eldersburg tile company in targeted shooting, sheriff says

Employee found wounded at Eldersburg tile company in targeted shooting, sheriff says
Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene of a shooting that occurred “within feet” of the Daltile building on Progress Way in Eldersburg. (Michael Jordan / Carroll County Times)

A Daltile employee was wounded by gunshots outside the company’s Eldersburg facility in what Carroll County’s sheriff described as a targeted shooting early Wednesday morning.

According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the sound of gunshots in the area of 1470 Progress Way, across Md. 32 from Liberty High School, at about 5:16 a.m. Daltile, a flooring and wall tile company, is listed online as being located at the same address.

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Upon arriving, sheriff’s deputies and Carroll County Emergency Medical Services found a man with gunshot injuries. He was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The man’s condition had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon. Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said the victim is from the Baltimore area but would not elaborate.

“We believe that this individual was targeted,” DeWees said. “The individual or individuals that committed the crime we don’t believe are any longer in the area.”

DeWees could not say how the police know this without compromising the investigation, he said.

A 2:10 p.m. email from the Sheriff’s Office stated there is “no indication of any further threat to the community.”

No suspects have yet been identified, but evidence was found on the scene, according to DeWees. He declined to describe the evidence, but said no firearm was found.

DeWees described the victim’s multiple gunshot wounds as life-threatening.

“He was getting off from his shift and while he was getting into his car is when the shooting took place,” DeWees said. “It was blatantly obvious that he was targeted.”

The shooting occurred “within feet” of the Daltile building in the rear of the facility where employees park and enter the workplace, according to DeWees.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Baltimore County Police Department to investigate, DeWees said.

“We’re still trying to establish a motive and why someone would target this individual,” he said.

DeWees would not comment on whether security footage captured the alleged shooting, but said police are reaching out to businesses in the area to find out if they saw anything suspicious.

A person driving on Bennett Road heard the gunshots and called the police, according to DeWees.

“I had a deputy on the scene within minutes,” DeWees said.

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A call to Daltile’s corporate office was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

“Detectives from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, as well as Forensic Services Technicians, responded to the scene to continue the investigation,” according to the initial release. “The investigation is active and ongoing. No further details are being released at this time."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-5900 or the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP.

Progress Way at Md. 32 was reopened after being closed for about an hour, according to a tweet from the Sheriff’s Office.

In May, a man was found dead at a business about four miles away from where the shooting victim was found on Progress Way on Wednesday.

Robert Gurecki, 56, of Hagerstown, was located on the floor of an office in the 5300 block of Enterprise Street on May 4. The matter was being investigated as a possible homicide. Gurecki was president of Retro Environmental Inc., where his body was found.

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