Police identify youth killed in shooting

Investigation continues into incident Tuesday in southern Baltimore County

March 23, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police have released the identity of a teenager who was shot and killed during a dispute with other youths near his home.

He was Keon Dobbs, 17, who police said was chased by someone wielding a weapon and gunned down Tuesday afternoon on Bird Knoll Court in the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands neighborhood.

"Our detectives are continuing to investigate and conduct interviews," said Det. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman.

Dobbs, whose age was initially given as 16, was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital. The dispute that prompted the shooting began on Songbird Circle, according to police. Dobbs ran about 200 yards up a hill toward his home before collapsing at about 2:45 p.m.

After the incident and the arrival of the police, a bystander said she saw three young men being driven away in separate police cars. A police spokesman, Lt. Robert McCullough, said several "persons of interest" had been taken in for questioning. Witnesses to the shooting were also questioned, McCullough said.

Tabitha Strucko, who has lived in the area for a year and a half, ticked off other recent incidents of violence in the area. "I'm sick of this," Strucko said as she stroked the hair of her 7-year-old daughter. Her 3-year-old son ran around nearby.

"You never know what's going to happen," she said. "There are too many people who want revenge or who have drugs. They want to kill somebody."

Another neighbor, Tina Akins, said she will not be renewing her lease when it expires in June. "It's getting crazy around here — that's why I want to get out of here," said Akins, who recalled four fatal shootings in the six years she has lived in the neighborhood.

Another resident, Shannon Jones, said she heard two or three gunshots from her home, less than a block from where the shooting occurred. "It might look nice, but there's gangs everywhere," she said of her neighborhood.

County school officials said that two schools were affected by police activity near the scene.

Baltimore Highlands Elementary and Lansdowne Middle School both delayed dismissals by about 30 to 45 minutes, according to spokesman Charles Herndon. Lansdowne High School dismissed at 2:15 p.m., before the shooting occurred, but Herndon said he had no indication that those involved in the shooting were students at the school.

Herndon said that police suggested delaying buses and the dismissal of students, "just as a precaution more than anything else."

The schools also went into "alert status," which requires that exterior doors be locked, that all students be inside the building, and that there be heightened monitoring of people going to and from the school.

Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green contributed to this article.


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