Police seek two men in robbery, shooting
Baltimore County police asked for the public's help yesterday in finding two men who committed a robbery in Owings Mills that ended with the victim's being shot in the head as he lay on the ground.
The victim was walking alone through an industrial park in the first block of Gwynns Mill Court about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday when he was attacked by two men who jumped out of a blue minivan, according to county police. The men were wearing ski masks and dark clothes and demanded money and property. The victim apparently did not respond quickly enough, police said, and he was struck several times in the face and head with a handgun.
The victim fell to the ground, and the robbers took his cell phone and money from his pockets. One of the robbers then stood over the victim and shot him, hitting the man in the right side of the jaw, police said. The bullet lodged in the man's cheek. After the robbers left, he ran to a nearby gas station, where an attendant called police.
The victim could not give a thorough description of his attackers, but he told police that their vehicle was a light blue minivan with a gold emblem on the grill and Maryland tags.
Anyone with information was asked to call police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Crash on Route 702 kills one
One person was killed in a fiery crash yesterday morning in Essex.
Maryland State Police were investigating the single-vehicle accident, which occurred about 5 a.m. near the northbound lane of Route 702 leading to the outer loop of the Beltway, authorities said.
The vehicle swerved off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames, police said.
Investigators had determined the ownership of the vehicle and were using dental records and other means to try to identify the victim, a police spokeswoman said.
Pellet guns taken from students
Three Parkville High School students were found with pellet guns after a fight at the school yesterday afternoon, Baltimore County police said.
About 2:15, shortly after dismissal, a county police school resource officer learned that a "small fight" had broken out and that three students had gone to retrieve weapons from a car, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.
The officer found that the three students had pellet guns and arrested them. Toohey said two would be charged as juveniles and one would be charged as an adult.
No students were injured during the fight, Toohey said.
Any student who carries a weapon - including a pellet gun - onto school property would be recommended for expulsion, Baltimore County schools spokesman Charles Herndon said.
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Work starts on senior center addition
The Baltimore County Department of Aging has begun construction of a 2,400-square-foot addition to its largest senior center, Seven Oaks, near Perry Hall.
County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and other officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the project at 9210 Seven Courts Drive. The expansion will include a fitness center and additional space for programs.
Seven Oaks Senior Center has 850 members, up 130 in the past year, and a daily attendance of more than 100. Its membership is twice that of any other senior center in the county, officials said.
The Department of Aging and Towson University's College of Health Professions are partners in developing the fitness centers that are being installed in the county's senior centers.