HUNT VALLEY, Md. — Baltimore County Police shot and killed a man they say stabbed five people at Hunt Valley Towne Centre.
It happened just before 1:45 p.m. Saturday when officers received a call for a man inside the Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor, and Beer threatening people with a box cutter.
As police were on their way, more 911 calls came in for three people stabbed at the liquor store.
The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Jamaal Ramone Taylor left the liquor store and before fleeing the shopping center, stabbed two more people at other businesses including a customer on the patio at Noodles & Company.
Police caught up with Taylor at the intersection of Shawan and McCormick Roads.
Officials say Taylor was armed with a knife and refused several orders from officers to drop the weapon. At some point, multiple officers fired and killed Taylor.
All five stabbing victims were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At least one was treated on scene by an off-duty Baltimore County Fire and EMS captain that happened to be at the shopping center at the time.
Police say earlier in the day, Taylor was escorted away from the liquor store by security, but later came back prompting police to be called.
Maryland Transit Administration Police are also investigating if Taylor was responsible for a sixth stabbing that took place earlier Saturday at the Upton subway station.
All officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. Their names will be released at a later date.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski released the following statement on the incident;
“I’ve been in touch with Chief Hyatt in reference to the incident at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. We are extremely grateful that the injuries to the innocent people, who were stabbed in an apparent random incident, appear to be relatively minor. I want to thank the Baltimore County Police Department for a speedy response and resolution to a very scary situation. Any loss of life is tragic and unfortunate. The police department is working to learn more about the suspect in this case. I urge anyone with any information related to this incident to contact the Baltimore County Police Department.”
Police say they're continuing to gather more information on Taylor's activity at the shopping center, including surveillance footage to piece together everything that took place.
A spokesperson with Hunt Valley Towne Centre released this statement regarding the incident.
This was a random incident and the suspect was not known to us before this weekend. Hunt Valley Towne Centre has a comprehensive security program with professionally trained staff. The team works in close collaboration with Baltimore County Police to provide a safe and secure environment. We are very thankful to our security team for using their training and skills when reacting to Saturday’s unfortunate incident. We’re relieved that there was no life- threatening injuries to our guest. We will continue to use all our security processes and protocols to keep our guests as safe as possible in the future.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.