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On February 4th just before 9:30 p.m., Baltimore County Police received a call for a shooting in the 2900-block of Lakebrook Circle, 21227. When officers arrived they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, inside an apartment. One the victims inside the apartment, Larry Lynch, Jr., 28, of the 2900-block of Lakebrook Circle, 21227, was pronounced deceased by Baltimore County Fire Department personnel. The second victim, Omar Hamilton, 17, of the 2900-block of Lakebrook Circle, 21227, was transported to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to this crime. If anyone has information about this double shooting, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at www.metrocrimestoppers.org. Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Original release (February 28, 2016  12:10 p.m.):

Eight people, including four volunteer EMS personnel, were injured Saturday night in a Dundalk crash involving a volunteer medic unit and an SUV.

All four medic personnel were members of the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Co.; Lansdowne was filling in for the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Co.

The most seriously injured patient, one of the Lansdowne EMS providers, had to be cut from the vehicle by Fire rescue personnel and was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Unit. She suffered serious but non-lifethreatening injuries. The other three EMS providers -- two women and a man -- were released last night from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The civilian patients, including two children, were transported to local hospitals with non-threatening.injuries.

The crash occurred at Wise Avenue and Lynch Road at about 8 p.m.; the medic crew was en route to an emergency call, a nearby motor vehicle accident. The medic unit was not carrying a patient at the time of the crash. Other EMS crews were routed to the call to which the medic was responding as soon as the crash at Wise and Lynch occurred.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team is investigating this incident. The investigation is ongoing; no additional information is available at this time.

UPDATE (January 27):

Kyron Aikens, the 13-year-old boy rescued from an icy pond in Lansdowne on Sunday, has died.

Aikens and three other boys had been standing on the ice covering a pond behind Lansdowne High School when the ice broke causing all four boys to fall into the water. Two of the boys were able to get out on their own and one boy was rescued by two men who had been in the area and saw what had happened. Aikens was rescued from the pond by members of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company after being in the water for over an hour.

Chive Omar Benjamin (12), the boy rescued by bystanders, remains in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments remind everyone: Never walk on top of a pond, stream, or any other body of water that is covered by ice. While the ice may look stable, it is not. Walking on the ice could lead to tragedy. Parents should speak with their children about the dangers of walking on ice.

Original release (January 26):

Two boys, ages 12 and 13, remain hospitalized in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after they and two other friends fell through the ice Sunday into a Lansdowne pond.

Fire crews, including five water rescue teams, were dispatched at 1:28 p.m. to a call for an ice rescue at Hillcrest Park on 3rd Avenue. The pond is adjacent to the rear of the Lansdowne High School property.

First-arriving fire and police personnel found a bystander who said he and another witness saw four boys walking across the pond when they fell through ice that was one to two inches thick. Two of the boys made it to the shore on their own, and the bystanders -- who did not know each other --  ran  to help the two who remained in the water.

The bystanders ran into the freezing water and were able to pull one of the missing boys, Chive Omar Benjamin, 12, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd., Columbia, to shore. Benjamin was unconscious. The bystanders began providing medical care until police and BCoFD medical personnel arrived (about three minutes after the dispatch time).

The fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, 13, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave., 21230, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by members of the Arbutus VFD water rescue team. He  was in cardiac arrest. After a consultation with doctors at St. Agnes Hospital, BCoFD transported the boy by ground to St. Agnes; he later was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Aikens and Benjamin are listed serious condition in Hopkins' Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Patients in cardiac arrest who have been submerged in very cold temperatures sometimes have a better chance of survival than other cardiac arrest patients because the cold drastically slows down the heart and respiratory systems.)

The other two boys, Junior Wilbert Thomas, 8, of the 7200 block of Calm Sunset Rd. in Columbia and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of the 3400 block of Spellman Rd., 21225, were transported to St. Agnes Hospital and have been released.

Ice Rescue

About 25 career and volunteer fire units responded to this rescue, including water rescue teams from the following companies: Arbutus VFD, Texas Station #17, Carroll County's Gamber VFC, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. and North Point/Edgemere Station VFD.

Arbutus VFD took the lead on this rescue. A diver from the Gamber VFC located the fourth patient, Kyron Aikens, in the water; personnel from Arbutus transported him to shore.

Fire officials said this incident illustrates why in Maryland walking across or playing on the ice is never safe. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic almost never become cold enough to create a layer of ice thick enough for recreation.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016