PERRY HALL, Md. — A report of gunshots ringing out just before midnight on Hickory Falls Way in Perry Hall brought Baltimore County police officers to the scene where they would make a gruesome discovery.
"They found a vehicle that was running,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, “They checked the vehicle and discovered that there was a woman who had been shot who was inside the driver’s seat at the time. She was pronounced deceased at the scene."
A search of the area produced no suspect.
"If somebody was out there, you can run down near Gunpowder or you can run back into here," said Irene Ruby, who lives near the crime scene.
And neighbors waited anxiously to learn more about the victim.
"My neighbor just told me it was a girl. 20 years old I think," added Ruby’s husband, John.
Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Taylor India Webb of Baltimore who died from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, but early in the investigation, they say they have little to go on.
"The first thing that we do is check the background of the victim and find out what we can about her that way,” said Peach, “and then we spread out from there so we don't have a lot of information to go on just yet."
But a review of recent court documents shows police picked up the victim on a warrant last Friday for allegedly assaulting a woman two months ago in an apparent love triangle.
The victim in that case claims Webb first threw eggs and toilet paper at her house after learning her boyfriend had cheated on her and when thing escalated in a physical altercation, Webb pulled out a knife and slashed her face from her ear to the side of the mouth.
During the fray, she also stabbed another woman in the hand.
Police have not linked those assaults to Webb's murder, but she was released on her own recognizance four days before her murder.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.