Man Fatally Shot at Towson Town Center

Police responded to shots fired outside Nordstrom and arrived to find a man dead on the sidewalk. Officers searched inside the mall for the shooter, but no suspects have been identified.

Update: Police Tuesday morning.

UPDATE (10 p.m.)—Baltimore County police have no suspects after a man was shot and killed outside  Monday evening, during the height of the holiday shopping rush. 

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Police responding to a call for a shooting outside the Nordstrom department store at around 6:20 p.m. Monday arrived to find the victim dead on the sidewalk near the mall's Fairmount Avenue entrance, near the 

All Towson precinct officers, and officers from other precincts, were called to the scene. Police and mall security went inside the mall and began "looking for someone who looked panicked or suspicious," said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Armacost said the victim was a black adult male but that he had not yet been identified. She said she could not comment on where, or how many times the victim was shot. Armacost said that no one saw the shooting.

"We're not sure what we're looking for right now. We don't have any suspects," Armacost told reporters.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police.

Armacost was not sure if any security cameras in the area captured the incident, but said such footage "would certainly be looked at by investigators."

Many security cameras have been added to the mall since 2005. That February, William Bassett, a Roland Park resident and teacher at the St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, was shot and killed in an attempted robbery.

Armacost declined to comment on whether there would be an increased police presence at the mall in coming days and deferred to mall management about whether shoppers would see an increased mall security presence.

Towson Patch Twitter followers are talking about the shooting.

"@TowsonPatch I'm stuck in the parking garage by Nordstrom. The police are looking under cars & searching trashcans,"  said user Tall_Thang.

"@TowsonPatch Crazy. I was just there with my wife and 2yr old- we left at 5:50. I have not felt safe there since 2005. No security at all," said Twitter user Greg Permison, who tweets as gperm.

Lutherville-Timonium Patch editor Nick DiMarco contributed to this report.

Buzz Beeler December 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Mr. Kanenetz supported legislation for security cameras and I believe that center has them. Maybe they will provide some leads.
Bart December 20, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Security????? The "Flashlight Cops" there are so consumed with the harmless kids who might hang out there that they miss the most threatening individuals who hang out and prey on the regular customers. On Friday and Saturday nights, you might as well expect to see a full blown riot. ( I have seen one)
Needaname December 20, 2011 at 01:58 AM
This is so sad on so many levels. We where dropping off our car at the Hampton Plaza Autoshop and saw Photog's on the ramp, above the sight. Medical Examiner appears to be there now - the sheets are up. So sad so many ways. Someone's Son, Husband, Boyfriend, Friend won't be coming home. We did not see any viserable camera's from that side of the building. There is not anything there. Just a straight up wall that belongs to Nordstrom and the in and out lanes from Fairmount Ave. Our building is on lock-down. You have to ring a bell to get yourself in...and a resident said you can WALK out of the Mall, but not drive.
DCMerkle December 20, 2011 at 02:18 AM
Someone forgot to look at the security cameras. Aren't there supposed to be watching it at all times? Let's not make "three's a charm" the thing that will make Towson Town Cener stay on the ball.
Donna B. December 20, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Oh - I thought your were talking about Owings Mills....
David Marks December 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM
I've been in touch with Baltimore County Police Department Chief of Police Jim Johnson and will reach out to the mall management today. Incidents like this are alarming and horrifying, but I commend the Police Department's swift action. It is impossible to keep out some of the worst elements of society, but our public places are still very safe in Baltimore County.
CP December 20, 2011 at 02:04 PM
The Mall has been degenerated into Mondawmin north.
M. Sullivan December 20, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Although I live 5 minutes away from the Towson mall, I shop at White Marsh. Towson has too many hiding places in the parking garage, too many stores for its size (most of which are not worth going to), and lousy security. The whole thing is gradually becoming the Mondawmin of Baltimore county and they can keep it.
Towsonite December 20, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Two words MORE CANINES I know they have contract canines, but more especially on the ground level it always seems to be worse down there. I guess it's the "street" entrances - no pun intended!
Buzz Beeler December 20, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Councilman Marks, thanks for the input. I grew up in Campus Hills and my 91 year old mother still lives there. I still spend a good bit of time in Towson and you are correct that it is impossible to stop all the various elements of crime. I would be curious to see whether this was crime of opportunity or something more personal. It is vital to keep abreast and stay on top of these issues. That other situation was dealt with and glad to see you involved.
Kathy Hoatson December 20, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I haven't gone there in at least 10 years even though I live close to the mall. It has been taken over by teenagers that do not live in Baltimore County. Ever since the buses have routes that run out to the county from the city the crime has gone up all over the area. Crime in Hunt Valley has gone up since the lightrail came out to that area. I too shop at White Marsh. There's no parking garage and no high class stores that brings the crime element in like bees to honey. They should close that mall up and build office buildings on the property. It is the Mondawmin of Baltimore County and they can keep it.
Buzz Beeler December 20, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Kathy, the optimum word here is to stabilize the county. I've noticed the tone of the comments and this falls in line with my theories regarding the direction of the county in general. If we don't act, it will reach a point of no return.
Robert Armstrong December 20, 2011 at 03:24 PM
More racist code words. How do you know where the teenagers live? You can tell just by looking at them? Crime in Hunt Valley hasn't gone up. ......and guess what? Buses run to White Marsh too.
M. Sullivan December 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Here we go. I was wondering how long it would be until the liberal Mr. Armstrong appeared. Just keep your head in the sand and keep dreaming that the Light Rail, Section 8 housing in Apartment Land, check cashing stores, rental properties overcrowded with Illegal Aliens, and drug treatment centers are having no effect on the quality of life all along the York Rd corridor from Towson to Hunt Valley. If you want to see our future, look at the areas surrounding Security Mall or Owings Mills Mall .
Momofmany December 20, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Mr. Sullivan you are right on target and others can call us "racists" but what it really is: "REALITY" and we can thank nearly 20 yrs. of democratic control combined with "poltitical correctness" for this demise!
CP December 20, 2011 at 03:59 PM
It's people like you that perpetuate the situation with denial. That in itself is racist. We all know what the problem is yet people are afraid to say it because of political correctness.
Robert Armstrong December 20, 2011 at 04:07 PM
ROTFLMAO "Democratic control" is responsible for this murder?? 20 years?? Aren't you forgetting about Li'l Bobby's time at the helm?
M. Sullivan December 20, 2011 at 04:15 PM
It's not just democratic control, it's us, the taxpaying residents, who have let this happen by not speaking out for fear of being labeled by the media and the politicians who think they know what's good for us.
Buzz Beeler December 20, 2011 at 04:16 PM
CP, you lost me on that one. What is the reference to PC and the comments of M. Sullivan? They made an observation and you said they were in denial because of PC. Could you elaborate? Generally speaking, PC is a reference to the conservative side.
CP December 20, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Liberals ignore the real problem. enabling the cycle to continue. It's a black problem and no one will address this. Too afraid of being called a racist when it's not. Majority of the violent crimes in the area are committed by blacks. I dare you to prove me wrong.
Buck Harmon December 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM
I remember a steady stream of difficult situations when it was called Towson Plaza.... Seems that we are dealing with the end result of narrow minded, greed driven development processes. CP.... seems like your bold statement has hushed the thread a bit....
Buzz Beeler December 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM
CP, that is what I thought you meant. It is PC-ness run a muck. Liberals will ignore anything that does not fit their agenda. This article by the Sun may shed some light on the issue. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-06-03/news/0906020063_1_baltimore-decline-in-homicides-city-homicide-rate Here is an interesting quote from the article: "Police say many of the killings have ties to the city's persistent drug trade, and victims and suspects are likely to be young black males with criminal records.". Nothing racist in that statement. Now read this link? http://www.bxscience.edu/publications/forensics/articles/psychologicalprofiles/killer.pdf It states that 90% of serial killers are white males with high IQ's. Certain facts if proven correct are not necessarily racists.
KayReB January 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Cp, you are dumber than I thought. The majority of crime in Baltimore is committed by blacks because the majority of Baltimore is BLACK! Hence the low "black problem" in Carroll county (due to the low population of blacks). Please think logically before you look politically ignorant.
CP January 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Actually genius you are the one who looks stupid. The majority of the population in Towson is what? You guessed it, White. The majority of the crime is committed by who? You guessed it again, Black. So tell me how is that possible according to your logic? You completely missed the point as usual. Typical reactionary Lib. Take a look at the crime stats in Carroll County. Crimes are committed disproportionately by minorities. Logic says there is a problem. A cultural problem. Black culture problem. I bet you hate the cops too? Go figure. You keep sweeping the root of the problem under the rug. Therefore the cycle of violence, disrespect for authority and bastard children persists. Who is the dummy?
KayReB January 07, 2012 at 06:02 AM
1. Towson is in Baltimore, no? 2. You said minorities, which includes more than blacks right? Because there's less blacks there, no? 3. Excuse me for coming off a little rude, but don't act like you know me after reading a simple comment. I happen to be a criminal justice major at University of Baltimore and half my family is military and police. How dare you try to analyze my life on meaningless, petty bullshit. And you call ME disrespectful when you just immaturely made assumptions about what I believe in? If you have such a damn issue with crime here, regardless of where the problem started, maybe you should consider MOVING THE FUCK OUT or DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT rather than going on internet rampages. Talk is still cheap and you are seriously annoying me (along with probably half the people reading this). Get off your high horse, sir.


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