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Date: Feb 22, 2019

A mother and her 9-year-old son were killed in a single vehicle crash in Woodlawn last night. Her 5-year-old daughter, also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, is hospitalized in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the mother, identified as Tanja Tanesha Shields (29) of the 5500 block of Wesley Avenue, 21207, was driving her 2017 Nissan Altima westbound on Gwynn Oak Avenue approaching Park Drive around 11:05 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle. The Nissan drove onto a raised median separating the directions of travel, struck a tree in the median, and caught fire. Witnesses at the scene were able to remove the occupants from the Nissan. 

All three occupants were transported to area hospitals where Tanja Shields and her 9-year-old son, Khalil M. Wyche, were pronounced deceased. Her 5-year-old daughter remains hospitalized in critical condition.

None of the occupants of the vehicle were restrained by seatbelts or car seats at the time of the crash. The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team will be working to determine any additional factors that may have contributed to this fatal crash.

A shooting in the 8000 block of Liberty Road last night left one man dead in a parking lot.

An officer was flagged down by a subject who directed him to the victim lying down in the parking lot of a carryout food business. The victim appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that just minutes before the officer drove into the area the victim was shot by the suspect after leaving the carryout restaurant around 11:56 p.m. The suspect fled prior to the officer's arrival.

The victim is identified as Artis Dewayne Holt (27) of the 1400 block of Clairidge Road, 21207.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Homicide detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

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Revised June 27, 2017