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Three shootings, one dead in Parkville in just 10 days

Posted at 4:13 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 03:30:01-04

PARKVILLE, Md. — Baltimore County Police now confirm it was a contractor working on a home on Lyle Court a week and a half ago who got shot in what detectives are calling a robbery attempt.

The shooting sparked a massive police response with SWAT teams and snipers; they thought the suspect was holed up in the house...he wasn't, but it seems to have set a tone in the immediate neighborhood around Halstead Academy in Parkville.

"Yeah, just a lot of police back and forth. I didn't know what was going on," said resident Rick Sherrod.

Because just this weekend -- two more shootings not far from Sherrod's Parkville home with more police activity.

Baltimore County say just down the street at the townhomes at Northbrooke Township -- a fatal shooting.

Neighbors say it happened outside one of the homes Saturday night at around 9:30.

Police say 40-year-old Kwame Alston was shot dead, he was from West Baltimore.

Then, Sunday morning...another shooting on nearby Linkside Drive, but detectives are confident enough to say these three shootings in this small area are not related.

"We don't believe that there is any threat to the public and we understand there has been a couple of incidents in the area lately,” said Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson. “Right now we don’t see anything that is connecting these crimes together."

Still, police are mindful the homicide rate in the county is up by more than 50 percent with 38 murders so far this year.

A jarring stat, now calculated in part, on these few streets in Parkville.

"It's not a good thing to hear,” Sherrod said. “Nobody wants to hear about that in the neighborhood, but it happens anywhere and everywhere in the world. It is part of what we live through now. I wish it was not like that, I wish I didn’t think like that, but that's the reality of it."

A reality county police say they are trying to fight -- but so far -- they have yet to make any arrests in any of these cases.