WOODLAWN, Md. — Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a 24-year-old Adia Smith. According to police Smith was shot in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue Friday. The center of the investigation focused around a Burger King Parking lot.
On scene throughout the day was homicide detectives, police officer and crime scene lab technicians. The crime scene spanned a large area from Security Boulevard to Belmont Avenue.
"We didn't know what was going on," said Josiane Chambers.
The 10th grader's bus stop is normally outside the Burger King but given the police activity she met her ride elsewhere.
"My grandmother was waiting for me at the McDonalds," she said. "We noticed something was wrong. There was such a high police presence. She was worried."
The road closures had many people being detoured, including Miles Henderson.
"I was on my way to the market," he said. "I live around the corner. This is a lot of police."
Upon learning about Smith's death, he became upset.
"It's a shame," he said. "I’m just sick and tired of these people shooting these females. What’s going on with people, period?"
Her death is the county's 49th murder for 2021.
WMAR-2 News has since learned that Smith was previously with family at the nearby Gala Center for a repast. An individual in her family had recently died.
"This is messed up," said a woman who did not want to be identified. "We just said goodbye to someone and now this."
Baltimore County Police have not said if a suspect has been arrested. We know a dispute occurred between the woman and another individual following the family gathering. What happened in the Burger King parking lot is still unknown but people described hearing gunshots.
Two vehicles were also seen further up on Belmont Avenue. They were eventually towed away as evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore Police. You can also call Metro Crime Stopper at 1-866-7LOCKUP.