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Police are actively investigating a shooting in the unit block of Leafydale Court in Pikesville this evening.

Preliminary information indicates that the victim, an adult man, was at the front of his home when he was shot multiple times by at least one suspect around 6:32 p.m. The suspect(s) fled to a vehicle that was parked on a nearby side street and left the area prior to police arrival.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body and was transported to an area hospital. He is expected to survive his wounds. 

Detectives from the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit are on the scene and continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the suspects is asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Baltimore County Police are attempting to locate a man wanted for a string of burglaries and package thefts. Darryl Ra'Nard Crawford (23) is described as a black male, 5'6," 125 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. On April 23, 2018, Crawford burglarized a home in the 3400-block of Liberty Parkway, 21222. The following day, he stole packages from the front of two houses located in the 6500-block of Clarington Road, 21209 and in the 2300-block of Whitley Road, 21209. Crawford continued his spree on April 26, 2018, when he burglarized a home in the 4700-block of Ballygar Road, 21236. 

Police Department detectives worked in coordination with patrol officers and have been able to connect Crawford to these crimes. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Darryl Ra'Nard Crawford, please call 911 or Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

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.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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Towson neighborhoods are recovering this morning from yesterday's short-lived but severe thunderstorm that felled large tree branches, brought down power lines and left thousands without power.

The storm tore through Baltimore County around 5 p.m., following a National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning, in effect until 5:30 p.m. The Towson area took the brunt of the storm; damage also was reported in Pikesville. Other areas of the county were impacted little, if at all.

The storm brought swirling winds and driving rains. In Towson, BCoFD crews responded to reports of fallen trees and branches that blocked roads, and several incidents involving trees that fell on houses.

The storm caused numerous power lines to fall across roadways. West Joppa Road remains closed this morning while BGE crews repair the lines. Motorists should avoid this area.

Some traffic lights in Towson remain out of service; motorists should use caution at these intersections.

At the height of the storm, 29,000 households were without power due to the weather. That number had dropped to about 4,000 this morning.

No injuries are reported.

Emergency Management officials said this storm illustrates how quickly summer thunderstorms can evolve into destructive events, and how difficult it is to predict exactly where such storms -- which can be isolated and small in scope -- will hit.

Residents should:

  • Be prepared at all times for power outages. Battery-powered flashlights and lanterns are a "must."
  • Maintain large trees, especially aging trees, to reduce the risk of fallen branches and uprooting.
  • Get indoors, if possible, when thunderstorms threatens and especially following a severe thunderstorm warning.
  • Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water and, if possible, should pull over during violent storms such as yesterday's.
  • Avoid trees, water and landline phones to reduce the risk of electrocution and injury during a lightning strike.

Additional information about severe thunderstorms is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Revised June 27, 2017