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Juvenile shot at Middle River shopping center

Posted at 5:47 PM, Nov 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-21 23:27:13-05

MIDDLE RIVER, Md (WMAR) — A juvenile was shot at a busy Baltimore County shopping center Sunday afternoon.

At 4:15 p.m., Baltimore County police got a call about an assault with a gun at Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center off Eastern Blvd.

Witnesses said the person was shot outside MedMerica Pharmacy, where a group of people are known to loiter.

Then the victim walked over to neighboring Geresbeck's Food Market to get help.

Police said the victim, who was under 18 years old, was suffering from at least one gunshot and was taken to a local hospital.

Heather Thiess was working nearby.

"My anxiety started acting up really bad. I tried not to overreact, tried to keep calm for people," said Thiess.

"It makes me kinda nervous because I come down to this store quite often," said Leon Sutton.

It also makes Sutton worried for his teenage grand kids.

"It hits very close to home. The first thing I asked was where my grandson was," said Sutton.

Others who live close said they’ve been worried about their safety there recently; that this is the third shooting in this area in the last few months and they are asking police to intervene and increase patrols.

"I think that would settle a lot of the problems that we are having because it would make the kids move, walk around instead of standing and congregating," said Sutton.

There is no suspect information at this time and the juveniles age has not been released.