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A Harford County Sheriff's vehicle sits at the corner of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive, where a 40-year-old Joppa man was shot and killed early Friday morning.
A Harford County Sheriff's vehicle sits at the corner of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive, where a 40-year-old Joppa man was shot and killed early Friday morning. (Erika Butler/The Aegis)

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old man overnight in Edgewood, which is at least the fourth deadly shooting in the community this year.

Deputies were on proactive foot patrol in the area of Edgewater Village early Friday morning and at about 3:20 a.m., heard a gunshot from the area of Grempler Way and Brookside Drive, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies responded and found Joshua Dwayne Crouse, of Joppa, in the road in the 1800 block of Grempler Way.

Deputies began life-saving measures. Medics from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded and pronounced Crouse dead at 3:50 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said.

No further information regarding motive or suspects was available.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cristie Hopkins confirmed Friday that Crouse had been living at a townhouse in the 1800 block of Simons Court in Edgewood prior to a May 9 fire there that killed three people and that police said was intentionally set.

Crouse had been interviewed by police as part of that investigation, “but we do not have any indication that these two incidents are related,” Hopkins said.

Bobbie Sue Hodge, 60, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree arson, in relation to the townhouse fire.

The townhouse is located less than 500 feet from the area where Friday’s shooting was reported.

Friday’s incident is at least the fourth fatal shooting in Edgewood this year.

Deandre Sellers, of Baltimore, was taken to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

No arrests have been made in that incident. Police said they believe there were “multiple suspects” in that shooting.

In the early morning hours of July 4, a 15-year-old was shot and killed in the area of Eloise Lane and Brookside Drive, roughly the same area as Friday morning’s shooting.

Rahzir Martin Meyers, 18, of Abingdon, is charged with the murder of Khalil Lephonzo Johnson, of Edgewood. Police said the two were members of rival street gangs. Meyers is scheduled to stand trial in January.

On Feb. 10, a 34-year-old Joppa man was killed in Edgewood while making a food delivery in what police said they believed was an attempted robbery.

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Timothy Wayne Youngquist was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Monticello Court. Medics took Youngquist to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police, who were told three males were seen running away, searched the area but did not find any suspects. No arrests have been made in Youngquist’s shooting death, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information about Friday’s shooting is asked to call Detective S. Moro at 443-409-3154, or report tips anonymously by calling Harford Crime Solvers at 888-540-8477, submitting a tip online at www.harfordsheriff.org/wanted, or sending a text to “CRIMES” (274637) beginning the message with “MCS” then adding information. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 reward if information leads to an arrest or indictment, according to the sheriff’s office.

This story will be updated.

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