Police Identify Man Killed in Towson Mall Shooting

Police say Rodney Vest Pridget, 19, was the victim of Monday night's shooting outside the Towson Town Center.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.) — Mall officials have released a statement wih regards to the shooting incident at Towson Town Center Tuesday night. 

“The safety and security of our shoppers, retailers and employees are our top concerns every day, not just when incidents occur," said mall general manager Charles Crerand in a statement emailed to Patch.

Crerand reiterated that there are few details available as far as a motive, but that he and his staff do not believe the shooting was a random incident.

"We are thankful for the cooperation and support of the Baltimore County Police Department on property last night, and throughout their investigation of this incident. We will continue to pledge our support and resources in their investigation,” Crerand said in the statement.

A 19-year-old man was identified by police Tuesday morning as the victim in the .

Rodney Vest Pridget, who police would only say lived in the Baltimore area, was found shot to death outside Nordstrom at around 6:20 p.m. Monday.

"Detectives do not believe that this is a random act, but additional details cannot be provided due to the ongoing investigation," police spokeswoman Detective Cathleen Batton said in a statement. "Detectives are currently investigating a number of leads, including video footage recovered from the mall."

Police do not have any suspects, and ask anyone with information about the crime to contact them at 410-307-2020.

Several hours after the shooting, police were seen escorting a woman to the crime scene, where she wept loudly.

The shooting was the first homicide at Towson Town Center since 2005, when St. Paul's teacher and administrator William Bassett was killed in a botched robbery. Following that incident, mall management stepped up security and new county laws required shopping centers to install security cameras.

Parkvillehoney December 22, 2011 at 06:31 AM
I have to agree with Sharon. I went to White Marsh Mall last Saturday around 8PM. Never again. The large groups of teen were screaming at one another, using the "F" word loudly in front of families, and standing in the walkway, refusing to move over for shoppers. The girls were the worst. If their behavior would be civil, most people would be accepting of these groups of young adults. When they act like uncivilized, uneducated people, most shoppers would rather stop going to the places they go to. The only one that suffer are the businesses. I think mall security should remove these groups since they are only a hinderance to buying shoppers that hope to have a safe and positive shopping experience.
Robert Armstrong December 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM
"What a piece of garbage this guy was." Classy. Nice to speak of the dead that way.
hmj December 22, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Sharon and Kim are both correct about the outrageous behavior and criminal conduct on our streets and in the malls these days. We should not accept it or allow the blame to be placed on other segments of our society. These thugs are products of the parenting gap. Too many teenagers that become deadbeat dads and moms ...... and the cycle continues because there is no leadership willing to hold people accountable and very few positive role models.
M. Sullivan December 22, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I will repeat my posting from another thread: I figured that security would have been really bumped up at the Towson Mall so, although I rarely do, I went Christmas shopping there Tuesday night around 7:00. I was there until after 10:00 and saw almost no sign of an increased security presence. I went out to my car several times to deposit packages to my trunk and never once saw any mall security vehicles (though that may have just been coincidence). I did see two County police officers hanging around inside the mall and one security guard walking around inside but never saw anyone in the garage. I have been told that there is a roving gang of shoplifters that the stores all know about but, when they complain to Mall Management, they are told to call the County police because there's nothing the mall security will do. It is very obvious to me that the management of Towson Mall has no interest in ensuring the security of their customers or tenants, despite their rhetoric.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Sharon, prepare yourself from the onslaught of nut job liberals who will attack you and call you a racist, a bigot, a Tea Partier and mean spirited or simply attribute other unfounded accusations to you.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Excuse me, he and at least 9 other people approached someone asked them some lame question, entered his apartment, beat him up, stole his property and threated him with a gun. I'd say that counts as a piece of garbage. He was a thug, a street criminal. You seem to approve of this type of behavior? Have you jumped into the local gangs yet?
Bart December 22, 2011 at 01:52 PM
What were you looking for? Uzis? From very early on, it was known that the shooting was not a robbery or a random act. More than likely it was a disagreement betewwn 2 people. There was no need to increase security. Those two could have had their shooting anywhere. Sadly, they chose the Mall grounds. And as to your claim about shoplifting? I have seen shoplifters rounded up by security.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Remove them from the mall and. prohibit anyone under 18 in the mall after a certain time without a parent and restrict large groups from roaming through the mall. If they violate that, apprehend them, call their parents and ban them from the mall. Put out a no trespass order and hold the parents responsible for their kids behavior, with fines and threat of arrest. Mall management and the stores should understand that they are losing sales due to this type of activity.
M. Sullivan December 22, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Generalizations and stereotypes are usually based on facts. Statistical evidence will easily back up Kim's opinions. Sadly, this is the world we live in. Those who bury their heads in the sand, subscribe to all the pie-in-the-sky "progressive" ideas, and promote the growth of the Welfare State will one day look up and see themselves living in a Third World country.
Ashley J Brown December 22, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I am sorry for his family's loss and I do not wish death on anyone but I would classify him as a thug too. As much as it burns me up to agree with Kim, shes right about this guy.
Centrist DINO December 22, 2011 at 03:27 PM
@Kim- Not only are you a callous, ignorant, fool, but now you've proven to be a liar. On 12/19/11 you said "Was bound to happen sooner or later," regarding a 15 year old black kid who was hit by a car and killed. Regarding the young black man who was gunned down and murdered at Towson Mall you said, "What a piece of garbage this guy was......... a violent thug, nothing more, nothing less." Now you can play the semantics game if you want but as I stated in an earlier post, "You have commented over the past "days" that two young black men basically deserved to die." It seems to me that you, Ms., are the piece of trash.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 03:50 PM
LMBO! You certainly go to the extremes. Within that thread I said that due to the horseplay of those kids in the neighborhood that an accident of that nature was bound to happen sooner or later. Never said he deserved to die. What I said was that no one was surprised by such an accident. Now if you were lame enough to walk on a beach carrying a 20' steel pole in a lighting storm repeatedly I might say sooner or later say "that dang moron is going to get himself struck by lightning." Most people with common sense would tend to agree with me and not be surprised when it happened. Yes, the moron shot in Towson was a criminal and a thug. He was garbage. Seems you are defending his horrific acts of crime and thuggery. But again did I say he deserved to die? No. So who's the purveyor of falsehoods here? So DINO, toke up and go back to la-la land and sing a round of Kumbayah. I am not the judge and jury in this case, but I will say, that's Karma. I don;t feel sorry for him one bit.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Muammar el-Qaddafi. Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and the 911 hijackers were all pieces of garbage too and they are all dead. I'm sure you feel the same way about them as well.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 03:55 PM
M. Sullivan December 22, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Good response, Kim! Don't you just hate it when extreme liberals are so desperate to win their losing argument that they resort to insults and name-calling?
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 05:04 PM
M Sullivan, these people are out there on the fringes. These are the same types of people who are in OWS. In their mind it's always someone else's fault when they make poor choices in life must suffer the consequences. Then suddenly it becomes everyones civic duty to feel sorry for them. The public school system is failing us. We are creating a nation of whining sissies. Heck, we've almost turned into the French. Isn't Obamanation a wonderful place? NOT The Towson shooting victim was garbage. Pure and simple. Liberals such as Dino the troll always resort to falsehoods when absent of the facts. They cannot defend their beliefs any other way. It's a brian defect. For your perusal . http://www.newdonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/American-Liberal-Mind.jpg and http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-04-08/entertainment/29415110_1_brain-structure-political-orientation-liberals-and-conservatives
B Key December 22, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Kim, I agree with your take on this individual and this situation; however, your post are starting to read like you are auditioning for an opening as a political television anchor.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 05:47 PM
LMAO. Last thing in the world I would ever want to be. Do you have something against television anchors? Facts are facts.
B Key December 22, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I am bigoted towards television anchors.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 06:53 PM
For the life of me I don't know where you're going with this, but I suggest you stay away from watching Keith Olbermann and Rachel Madcow. They'll rot your brain. The only thing I have ever been interested in writing was FORTRAN and various other codes.
hmj December 22, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Perhaps we can draft Kim for Mayor of Baltimore. And the state needs honest leadership too ---- a person that can speak the painful truth about crime in our communities and the need to put a stop it.
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Mayor? I wouldn't want to be Mayor of Crackmore but make me governor and I'll throw that loony Martin O'Moron out and 99% of our state legislature and clean up this state. Thanks for your support hmj, but you know very well the indoctrinated liberals, dumbocrats and Occupy Wall Streeters of Baltimore don't want to hear the truth. They want to be mollycoddled and be taken care of by the nanny state. Now , for hmj and any other supporters who are tired of liberal wackos and out of control crime please feel free to send your campaign donations to PO Box .......... lol .
Robert Armstrong December 22, 2011 at 07:45 PM
"Crackmore"??? Oooooooh Your witty!
Bart December 22, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Gee, Kim, where have you been until a few days ago? To be so impressive in so few days? You've really got everybody wild about you!
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 09:06 PM
I've been around Bart just not here although one poster who plays loose with the facts claims that I have been posting here for weeks. Liberals hate the truth it's like someone threw holy water on them and they begin to meltdown. Within 3 posts here I acquired two nut ball stalkers. ;) The Patch must me making some duckettes from all the responses I a m generating. Those little ad counters must be whirring like a gas pump. Stay in the crosswalks and out of the malls Bartman. LOL
Kim Collington December 22, 2011 at 09:15 PM
It's Dead Freddies time! YAY!
Kim Collington December 23, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Have a good Christmas Bartman, I'm on the way home to Houston for a Texas Christmas.
Kim Collington December 23, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Merry Christmas hmj, on the way home to Houston for Christmas. Keep those campaign donations rolling in!
hmj December 23, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Enjoy the holiday season and stay clear of the Obama bots ;)
Bart December 23, 2011 at 07:51 PM


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