A 15-year-old was shot and killed early Thursday morning in Edgewood in what police said was a targeted incident.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a shooting at 12:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Eloise Lane, said Kyle Andersen, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
When they arrived deputies encountered a large group of people in front of a house then found the teen, Khalil Lephonzo Johnson of Edgewood, inside suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, Col. William Davis, chief deputy of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the agency’s headquarters in Bel Air.
Deputies and medics from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company began life-saving measures and Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead, Andersen said.
“It looks like he was targeted, this was not a random act of violence,” Davis said.
Multiple shots were fired during the incident, but Johnson was only hit once, Davis said.
Detectives determined Johnson was shot in the area of Brookside Drive and Eloise Lane. Deputies and a police dog searched the area but found no suspects.
Investigators returned to the neighborhood Thursday to search again, talk to neighbors and others in the neighborhood, “trying to figure out what the motive behind the shooting was and any other kind of evidence,” Davis said.
Deputies are familiar with Johnson, but Davis would not say how.
A “large group” of people were outside in the street during the incident, including “a lot” of juveniles, Davis said. Additional deputies, including members of the Crime Suppression Unit, were to be deployed Thursday evening because of the July 4 holiday, the shooting and because “the fear of retaliation is there.”
Investigators are reviewing video cameras in the area and have some suspect information.
“We don’t have suspects or a suspect identified, but we have an idea,” Davis said.
Detectives are also trying to determine if the homicide was gang-related.
“It’s an area where we do have gang activity, an area we often have gang-related crimes,” Davis said. “That’s not to say this is gang-related, because we haven’t determined that yet, but the possibility does exist.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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