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Man killed outside Catonsville apartment

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:43:46-05

CATONSVILLE, Md. — The Mount Ridge apartments are tucked away in Catonsville; the kind of place you have to know where you’re going to get there -- that's why the thundering of choppers above sounded odd to resident Bernie Wengert.

"And then police came to our doors and asked if we have seen anything or seen anybody and I didn't know what he was talking about."

She would soon find out.

Her neighbor a couple of buildings down heard the commotion outside her door that spilled out onto the sidewalk.

"These two guys were fighting, and the fight continued and they banged the door open and they ended up on the ground and she said then one of the guys got up and just shot the other one,” Wengert explained.

Baltimore County Police say 29-year-old Arnold Burr was day shy of his 30th birthday.

Today -- only crime scene tape remains.

Baltimore County squad cars continued to patrol the area but detectives say they do have some leads in this case.

"There is evidence that we are looking into. We don’t want to disclose a whole lot at this point because it is so early on in the investigation, but we are really hoping we can identify who is responsible for the murder of our victim," said Cpl. Shawn Vinson.

Burr is the third homicide in Baltimore County so far this young year.

2020 already outpacing last year's murder rate which was historically high.

In an interview with WMAR-2 News last week, Chief Melissa Hyatt explained how new technology and added patrol zones should help county police respond to that increase.

"Really, this is us taking all of the information that we get in terms of patterns of crime and geography of crime and making sure that decisions we are making on a leadership level regarding deployment are being made with the most information possible," Hyatt said.

But back on South Belle Grove Road in Catonsville, neighbors remain shaken up after a point-blank shooting and murder outside their apartments during dinner time; the details of why, and who...still in question.