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Middle River man found dead from gunshot wound in Edgewood; police believe he was targeted

Detectives from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting in Edgewood that left one man dead.

Col. William Davis said deputies were called to the 1400 block of Hanson Road at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday for a person who had been shot. There, they found Denzel Shabazz Jones, 22, of Middle River, deceased.

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Because the investigation is ongoing, Davis also did not say where or how many times Jones was shot. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Someone discovered Jones’ body, Davis said, which prompted the sheriff’s deputies to respond. Police do not believe the shooting was an indiscriminate incident; the investigation suggests it was targeted and that neighborhood residents do not have anything to worry about, he said.

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“Our investigation has led us to believe this certainly is not a random act of violence,” Davis said. “We do not believe we have a person running around randomly shooting people.”

Neighbors in the area declined to be interviewed by The Aegis. People exiting the home where police responded also declined to speak. A piece of wood covered much of the home’s street-facing window Tuesday, and what appeared to be a bullet hole was punched through exposed glass near the front door.

The sheriff’s office is asking area residents with security or doorbell cameras to check the recorded footage for video that can assist the investigation.

Hanson Road, which was closed for several hours between Court Square Drive and Woodbridge Center Way while police investigated, reopened shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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There have been at least four other homicides in Harford County this year. Three of those were apparent murder-suicides that occurred with a five-week span between mid-October and late November.

The fourth was a May 30 shooting in the 600 block of Edgewood Road that left Christopher Markquell Smith, 22, dead.

In July, Diantae Williams and Shamel Ferebee were arrested in Rhode Island and North Carolina, respectively, each charged with first- and second-degree murder related to Smith’s death.

The sheriff’s office encourages anyone with information about the shooting to contact Det. Ross at the by calling 443-567-7091. Those with information on the incident can also submit an anonymous tip through CrimeStoppers by calling 1-888-540-8477 or texting 274637 and beginning their message with “MCS.”

Those who submit a tip leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone involved can be eligible for a reward up to $2,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

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