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2 Security Officers In Critical Condition After On Duty Shooting

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Shot on duty. A gun battle erupts outside a large townhome community and ends with bullets striking two private security guards. Those two officers are recovering Friday night while police actively look for the person who pulled the trigger.

Weijia Jiang shows us what police are doing to find the gunman.

Both victims are recovering at Johns Hopkins in critical, yet stable condition.

Police scour the Oak Hill townhomes in North Baltimore for witnesses and traces of evidence to answer how a wild gun battle unfolded.

Two security officers in uniform were shot Thursday night. A 32-year-old female guard was shot in the right eye, and a 38-year-old male guard was shot in the torso.

“It hurts your heart when you really know somebody,” said Elisha Bartee, victim’s friend. “She’s just out trying to do her job. She got family. She got children.”

Bartee says she often spent time with the female victim, who worked long hours patrolling the complex.

“She tell me make sure I be safe,” Bartee said. “I was just talking to her the night before that happened.”

Now police are aggressively looking for whoever pulled the trigger. Officers canvassed the neighborhood Friday night and passed out fliers, urging anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re certainly going to be checking area hospitals for anyone showing up there with gunshot wounds,” said Baltimore police commissioner Fred Bealefeld.

That’s because investigators believe the male victim returned fire. Both guards work for the Assured Protection security agency. They don’t have police powers, but they carry guns.

Maryland State Police licenses private guards who must go through certified handgun training and extensive background checks, including from the FBI.

“They gotta protect themself,” said Dolphus Holloway, Oak Hill resident. “There’s crazy people out here.”

Police have yet to release the victims’ identities.

There is a cash reward for good information.

For now police don’t know how many gunmen were involved or what led to the shootings.

The townhouse complex and the company that employs the guards have not returned phone calls from WJZ.

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  1. Brian says:

    Sure Bealefeld whatever makes you sleep at night. I bet there are a pile of 311 and 911 calls for drugs etc to these apartments. Just like Orchard Mews Apartments. The security guards getting shot are just the icing on the cake that you let get baked every day. How many stories, how many people need to get hurt in Baltimore before you wake up?

    1. SLAPINTHEFACE says:

      MY MY MY BRIAN I LIKE YOU AND DON’T EVEN KNOW I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR MORE THEN A YEAR NOW, THIS COMMISSIONER IS THE WORST ALWAYS CALLING PEOPLE NAMES AND LYING ABOUT THE STATS ON CRIME AND CRIME AREAS, MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR HIM TO WAKES UP, THE LONGER IT TAKES FOR HIM TO BE TRUE TO THE PEOPLE, THE LONGER THIS CITY IS GONNA BE IN HELL

      1. Ken says:

        Yeah…bad guys with guns and some of them are cops.

  2. bmoregyrl says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the security guards and I hope that they catch the people that did this and put them in jail for the rest of their lives.

    1. SPRING says:

      I SURE HOPE NONE OF YOU CRITIQUES WILL BE ON THIS YOUNG INNOCENT BOYS JURY TRIAL IF IT MUST GO THAT FAR !!!!WITH ALL THESE PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS OF SOCIAL CLASS, STATUS, AND HOW ITS CONDUCIVE TO HIS GUILT IS REALLY A THEORY OF THE PAST AND NEEDS TO STAY IN THE PAST. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH BOTH FAMILIES KEYMO’S MAINLY BECAUSE HE IS INNOCENT

  3. RileyfromtheBoondocks says:

    Police can’t be everywhere to prevent everything. Police presence is only a visual crime deterrent. However, an evil person who has intent on committing an evil deed will do that, even with police present. It happens. you can’t fault the commissioner, all he can do is beef up patrols, but that’s not going to curb the evil in people’s hearts. None of you have any idea what it’s like being a police officer, let alone, a commissioner. So, before you criticize, take a ride along with a p/o and shadow the commissioner for a day and see what they put up with.

  4. Scott knows says:

    Apartment complexes are crime magnets due to the large volume of potential targets to rob and cars to steal. Also, especially if they house Section-8 residents, you can expect these kinds of renters to be either criminals themselves or to have friends and family who are. Apartment complexes should have very tight “code of conduct” contracts forbidding loitering on the grounds anywhere because this is where much trouble starts with youths 14-25 loitering around and causing quality of life distubances that ultimately lead to this kind of violence. I’m glad that the guards were at least armed. No one truly takes an un-armed security guard seriously. My last comment is why is it that it’s always blacks who cause these kinds of problems at apartment complexes? I’m black and every single apartment complex that I’ve either lived at or visited seems to have obnoxious black people causing all thse quality of life problems. Every other race–including the new influx of other race immigrants are quiet and peaceful in Apartment complexes. Thank goodness I’m now a homeowner and don’t have to tolerate the high density nightmare that are apartment buildings. However, my wife’s cousin lives in an ultra-expensive luxury apartment complex in Owings Mills that is whisper quiet with hardworking professionals who are vast majoity white. I guess race and class is the differences as in all aspects of American life. Very sad, but always true.

    1. Really? says:

      I have to disagree with you,not all African Americans cause problems in apartment complexes.What about the college kids who looove to party,get drunk and start fights? And what about the racist white people,or the rednecks, the white trash,or better yet the “hardworking professionals” who degrade others? Skin color has nothing to do with character.You are delusional,and quit trying to throw out there how much someone’s cousin pays to rent an apt.I’ll be impressed if it was a condo purchased in full.You are a complete moron and you dont have any luxurious things,thats why your bragging about wife’s cousin lol.You will never be accepted by the white people you aspire to be like, because to them you are and always will be beneath them.”very sad,but always true” LMFAO

      1. Scott knows more says:

        “Really”: I live in a half-million home that I take care of and a neighborhood that I care for. My wife’s cousin is a CPA who rents a luxury apartment out of shear intelligence not to buy a home in this bad economy. As for you, you are more than likely the same kind of Ultra-liberal underclass trash with multiple out-of-wedlock children plaguing civilized society. You are trash! Admit it! You are exactly why blacks in America are largely out of control savages like the whole world saw at the Inner Harbor on the 4th of July. Underclass worthless blacks destroy everywhere they go as we can clearly see in the shooting of these gurards as well as the complete savagery of the violent thugs at our once precious Inner Harbor. It is you who I’ll be LAMAO at while on my luxury European vacation next month. I’m very accepted by whites and at least I never have to worry about being shot by them like the black underclass trash of Baltimore would if I step on their $500.00 NIKE’s or accidently bump them in a club.

      2. spring says:

        REALLY SCOTT WELL LET ME TELL YOU PERSONALLY ALL YOUR THINGS CAN BE HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW!!!! DON’T BECOME ENGULFED BY IGNORANCE IT’S NOT BECOMING OF YOU! IGNORANCE IS BLISS!!!

    2. Jason says:

      The apartment management companies don’t give a damn how bad things can get at there property locations. If someone complains they’ll just tell them to move along and another voucher holder will take there place. I’m willing to bet that if they did away with the voucher program these communities would be such a better place to live and raise a family in. When people have to bust there ass to pay there way and not rely on the government to take care of there business they will start caring about there community.

      I know the vouchers can really help some people out of a jam and thats all well and good but you can’t just give those things out to people that just don’t give a damn and don’t want to pull there weight and be productive members of the community.

    3. Tony Ross says:

      The Apartment complex that everybody is talking about isnt even a bad complex or has drug activity going on on its premises. More then likely the person/persons that perpetrated this crime was probably walking thru the complex.
      I understand that the inner city is over ridden with crime but lets not stereotype every Apt. Complex. Most complexes rarely have crime in them anymore because of the heavy patrols and the more stricter rules that the tenants must live by in order to maintain residency.

  5. Tom says:

    inb4 “so sad smh”

  6. TONICRIMEFIGHTER says:

    The reason why crime is up in these areas is because, it’s subsidized living and the BLACK people there are never going anywhere. so that means it is full of women with children and no jobs. which means the little bills they do have there boyfriends are stuck paying. and how do you pay bills with no money BINGO you got it SELL DRUGSSSSS. there is your PROBLEMMMMMM

  7. happy1 says:

    Complain about the police all you want but until Brian and slapintheface face the fact that it is black on black crime, nothing will change. Constant complaining and putting the blame solely on police is just a distraction…

  8. Jeff says:

    What might have happened if the guards were unarmed and unable to defend themselves? Might both have been killed? Absolutely!

    As obvious as the morning sunrise, MD has a horrendous crime problem. Law-abiding MD citizens, for far too long, have been disarmed by their government and taught to totally rely on police for protection. Through no fault of their own, the police almost always arrive after the crime has ended and after someone is gravely or mortally wounded. The police do the best they can, and for little pay, they endure a great deal of abuse thrown at them daily. I thank the police for their bravery, commitment, and dangerous service to the public. We must realize, however, that the police cannot be everywhere at all times. Have you heard the old adage, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away?” It’s true, and in MD it’s not just a cliché to many crime victims on a daily basis. It can be a sudden, sad reality.

    It is long overdue that MD should become a shall-issue, concealed carry state. All of MD’s neighbors are, and violent crime fell dramatically in each of those states after concealed carry laws were enacted. Politicians wailed and moaned claiming blood would run in the streets from fights over parking spaces. It never happened. Even citizens who do not wish to carry a firearm for protection benefit from those who do because the criminals now realize that ANY one of their potential victims could be armed. Often, armed citizens come to the rescue of someone in danger when the police are nowhere in sight.

    Let’s fight to make MD a shall-issue, concealed carry state. Typically, the term “shall issue” simply means that if a citizen is not a convicted felon, drug addict, drunkard, or mentally unstable, the state MUST issue that person a concealed carry permit. Let’s reduce the criminal homicides, rapes, life-threatening domestic beatings, and return MD to its law-abiding citizens. We are not free citizens when we are so vulnerable to the criminal element in our society. It’s time for criminals to fear us, the armed law-abiding, instead of the other way around.

  9. HooDatIS? says:

    OMG this is terrible
    so sad i hope they recover well
    man this perp needs life in jail
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com

  10. matty says:

    Who care’s…blacks…

  11. shanico3 says:

    first of all lets set the record straight crime is everywhere. the people just seem to focus on the city more, because of the greater population i believe. i am a hard working black woman taking care of me. Everyone who lives in these apt are not section 8. you shouldn’t put your mouth on things that you have know true knowledge or experience with. toni the want to be crime fighter.

  12. shanico3 says:

    No body talks about all the white on white domestic violence and the white people going around chopping up little kids. I guess thats acceptable. All killing is sick and senseless.

    1. Richard Perry says:

      haha ,show me,the blaCKS that live in oakhill,are drug dealing,welfare low life!

  13. tamila says:

    What in the “H” does it matter that the did not have ‘police powers’. What does that mean that they did NOT lie, cheat and steal and take bribes from towing companines. That they did not plant evidence or get accused of raping suspects. Our systems are utterly Stupid in the things they harp on.

    The police should be walking around with their heads down for all the lawlessness going on in Blood-a-more city. And, only idiots will elect anyone currently serving in office

    1. Richard Perry says:

      as long as they have low life getto dwellers like you,crime will always be this way !

  14. Brad says:

    WJZ, how many 311 and 911 calls to this complex before the shooting? The police feed the neighborhoods and associations a bunch of lies. Constantly saying the 311 and 911 calls are logged and reviewed and then you get help from them. Total lie. They still never come out, until someone gets shot or killed. Citizens get harassed and threats are tossed around in the meantime. This is no way to live.

  15. JT says:

    I will say this about Baltimore. If you ever go anywhere else in the states, people already have a pre-conceived notion about you. I am originally from Philly, but I have lived in Maryland about 20yrs. Whenever I go visit another state either on vacation or work, people think it is just like the wire. I went to Atlantic City last month, with a couple of my boys, and we were partying having a good time, and somone asked ” where are you guys from?” and we said B’More, right then and there, they was like “yo B’more boys in the house” and I asked what was the big deal, and he said ” yall boys dont play down there, I saw the wire” all I could do was laugh. That happens all the time when we go to another state and party.

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