Two people are dead after a shooting early Monday in Aberdeen, police said.

Two people are dead after a shooting early Monday in Aberdeen, police said.

Officers from the Aberdeen Police Department responded to the unit block of E. Bel Air Avenue at 3:15 a.m. Monday for a report of shots fired, according to Officer Jason Neidig, a department spokesman.

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A female was pronounced dead and a male was transported in critical condition to shock trauma. The male was pronounced dead at shock trauma, Neidig said.

Aberdeen Police identified the victims as Jumal Rodale Dudley, 43, of the 2100 block of Williams Drive in Havre de Grace, and Taneisha Chenay Smothers, 31, of the unit block of Osborne Road in Aberdeen.

Neither victim lived at the apartments off East Bel Air Avenue where their bodies were found outside, APD Sgt. Will Reiber said.

"We're working a variety of different angles, but at this time it's very new and very active," he said. No suspects have been identified.

Aberdeen Police say two people were found with fatal gunshot wounds inside an apartment on East Bel Air Avenue early Monday morning.
Aberdeen Police say two people were found with fatal gunshot wounds inside an apartment on East Bel Air Avenue early Monday morning. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Police have determined the victims knew each other, and in an interview with a reporter, members of Smothers' family says she and Dudley were a couple.

Reiber said officers responding to the call for shots fired found Smothers unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds and a critically wounded Dudley next to her.

Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene; Dudley was flown by Medevac to Shock Trauma, where he succumbed to his injuries, Reiber said.

The bodies were found within a two building apartment complex about a block from Halls Cross Roads Elementary School.

Reiber said police are treating the shootings as a double homicide and are canvassing the neighborhood.

"We are actively out beating the pavement, we need the public's help," he said.

Classes were not delayed at area schools, nor were buildings locked down, Reiber said, because it "just seemed like [the victims] were intended targets."

He could not say if police believe the victims knew their assailant.

As police continue to investigate to determine motive and suspects, Reiber said he was "not at all" concerned there could be a threat to the community.

He encouraged members of the community to provide any information they could to assist investigators by calling the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121.

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"No matter how insignificant the information that you may possess, please make the phone call, let us be the determining party as far as how valuable the information is; if you have any information please make the phone call and reach out to us," Reiber said.

Tina Turner, of Aberdeen, says her daughter, Taneisha Smothers, 31, was one of two people killed in a double homicide in Aberdeen early Monday morning. Several friends and relatives are in the background as Turner talks about learning of her daughter's death.
Tina Turner, of Aberdeen, says her daughter, Taneisha Smothers, 31, was one of two people killed in a double homicide in Aberdeen early Monday morning. Several friends and relatives are in the background as Turner talks about learning of her daughter's death. (David Anderson, Aegis Staff)

The Aberdeen Boys and Girls Club, which is next door to the apartment complex, was open Monday morning for staff training.

At Halls Cross Roads, a number of parents of pre-Kindergarten students played on the playground with their children as they celebrated Monday's end of the school year for pre-K children.

Parent Serge Ifoue, of Aberdeen, walked with his 4-year-old son toward the parking lot across the street from the school.

He said he had not heard anything about the homicides.

"The only shooting I know of was the one in Orlando yesterday, and I've been dealing with that, but I didn't know anything about this [shooting]," he said, referring to the terrorist attack at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub early Sunday morning.

Smothers' mother, Tina Turner, 52, said she learned about her daughter's death from her son.

Turner lives a few blocks from the apartment complex, but she said she did not hear any gunshots Monday morning.

"What got us up was the Medevac that was in the field behind our house," she said.

Turner did not find out her daughter and Dudley were the shooting victims until later in the day.

"She was a lovable person," Turner said of her daughter. "She had her ups and downs like everybody else, but she didn't deserve to get killed, though."

She talked with a reporter while standing across the street from the apartment complex, surrounded by relatives.

"I'm still hurting . . . but I'm holding up pretty well," Turner said. "I have people around me."

Many of Smothers' immediate family members live in the surrounding neighborhood.

One uncle, John Murray, 68, lives on New County Road near the apartment complex. He said he heard the gunshots around 2:40 a.m.

Murray said he did not know his niece had been killed until he got a phone call from his sister.

"I just heard the gunshots," he said.

Murray said he spoke to Smothers "every now and then, walking up and down the street."

"She was nice when she was around me," he recalled.

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Another uncle, James Smothers, 63, of Aberdeen, said he did not learn about the shootings until he turned his cell phone on around 10 a.m. Monday, and it was filled with messages.

"People were trying to call me, and it would go to voice mail because I turn it off when it's charging," Smothers said.

Smothers said he grew up in the neighborhood, but he now lives near Aberdeen High School. He said a "distant cousin" was stabbed in the neighborhood recently.

"The east side is not a great side any more," Smothers said.

Earlier, a woman, who lives around the corner from the apartments where the shooting occurred, said she heard the shots go off. She declined to give her name, saying the she fears for her safety.

"I was so scared. It wasn't the first time it happened and there was just a shooting right here in front of my house a while ago," she said.

She said she has lived in the area for a couple of years and wants to move.

"We want out of this area so bad," she said. "There's no sense of community here. Kids have been known to get jumped going from place to place."

"I am just upset for the whole reason that it's violent," she said of the shooting. "People can't have a conversation without bringing out weapons anymore."

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