Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore County shooting spree leaves 4 dead, 1 injured

UPDATE 2: Police have provided additional information on this incident.

UPDATE: A total of 5 individuals died in this incident, including the suspect who police say died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Original story below…

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—Police have released details on a Sunday shooting spree that left 4 people dead and one person injured in Baltimore County.

At a Monday morning press conference, Baltimore County Police Department Chief Melissa Hyatt and County Executive Johnny Olszewski offered condolences to the families of those affected.  Colonel Andre Davis and Colonel Jay Landsman provided details on Sunday’s shooting.

A preliminary investigation has determined that 27-year-old Joshua Green shot three people at the Royal Farms store in the 1600-block of Middleborough Road in Essex (21221) at just before 6:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene and one victim is currently in stable condition.

According to detectives, the suspect left the store and returned home to the 1400-block of Shadetree Road in Essex (21221) where he proceeded to set his apartment on fire. Police later found Green outside his apartment complex, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At just after 3:15 p.m., detectives then traveled to the home of the suspect’s parents in the 1400-block of Manor Road in Phoenix (21131), where they discovered the two parents deceased.  Both individuals appeared to have been shot.

The deceased victims in Sunday’s shootings have been identified as 43-year-old Silvesta Daye Jr. (a customer at the Royal Farms store); 62-year-old Alpha Smith (who was sitting inside of her vehicle outside of the Royal Farms store); and 58-year-old Douglas Green & 62-year-old Olivia Green (the parents of the deceased suspect).

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Police say Joshua Green acted alone and there is no danger to the community.  Authorities added that Green purchased the gun legally in 2020.

“For the family and friends of the victims, the employees of the Royal Farms Store, and our entire Baltimore County community our thoughts and prayers are with you,” said Chief Hyatt on Monday morning. “The Baltimore County Police Department will remain steadfast in our support to those who were impacted by this tragedy.”

A motive has not yet been determined.

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