Maj. William Davis of the Harford County Sheriff's Office gives an update on the homicide of a 28- year-old woman in Bel Air South Tuesday morning. (David Anderson, Baltimore Sun Media Group)
A 28-year-old woman is dead in a Tuesday morning shooting in Bel Air South, the first homicide of the year in Harford County.
The shooting occurred just before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Clarkes Ridge Court, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Residents told responding deputies they heard multiple gunshots. Deputies then found the woman in front of an apartment building in the Calvert's Walk apartment complex near South Tollgate Road and Bel Air South Parkway along the Route 24 corridor.
Maj. William Davis, chief of the HCSO Police Operations Bureau, declined to release the name of the victim, pending notification of her family, during an afternoon briefing at the Sheriff's Office headquarters in downtown Bel Air.
Davis did say she was African-American, was "a resident of the area" and was found dead at the scene in the apartment building parking lot.
The Harford County Sheriff's Office investigates a homicide in the 200 block of Clarkes Ridge Court south of Bel Air. (David Anderson and Matt Button, Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Deputies, he added, were at the scene within five minutes of the first report of shots fired.
"Because the investigation is so early, I can't really discuss where we are with it right now," he said.
"It doesn't appear to be a random act of violence in the community," Davis said. "This appears to be a direct assault."
Davis encouraged anyone who has "even the slightest bit" of information to contact the Sheriff's Office.
"Please call us and let us know, because you never know – that might be a key piece of information that we need," he said.
The school day for students at nearby elementary schools was uninterrupted, a spokeswoman said.
"We were notified that there is a police investigation going on this morning. As a precaution, we decided to keep students and staff in the buildings," according to Jillian Lader, spokesperson for Harford County Public Schools.