Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
PARKVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—An alarming scene for people in one Baltimore County neighborhood after they awaken to gunshots and a woman lying dead in the street.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on the victim and her death.
The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday in 1300-block of Dalton Road.
Baltimore County Police say Victoria Vernetta Glover, 28, was putting a 3-year-old boy in the back of her car when someone shot her in the upper body with a shotgun and then fled in a car.
“Officers requested the homicide unit. The homicide unit is on scene at this time investigating,” said Captain John Wachter, Baltimore County Police.
The gunfire interrupted the morning calm on Dalton Road and Dartmouth Avenue in Parkville.
“It was like a big loud explosion happened,” said Dominique Pickering, neighbor. “I came downstairs and asked my mother what happened, and then everybody was outside. Then we saw that somebody had got shot.”
Neighbors say the shooting happened just a few steps from where the woman’s family was sleeping.
“Unfortunately, while I was standing there talking to 911, the little girl ran out in her pajamas and said ‘That’s my mother,’” said Kim Smith, neighbor. “Then a young man ran out and said, ‘That’s my sister. What happened?’”
Police say they have no idea why the woman was shot, but some don’t believe this was a random act.
“She was dressed in business clothes. From what I understand, she may have been going to court today for divorce or something like that,” Smith said.
After a quick search of Maryland court records, WJZ found Glover was going through a divorce and her attorney practices for the House of Ruth, a nonprofit organization for battered woman. The case is still active, but Glover’s final hearing had not been scheduled yet.
“I would say it’s not a random act and sometimes unfortunate things happen. I feel she was a target,” said Cynthia Dorsey, neighbor.
Baltimore County Police say they believe the 28-year-old woman knew the shooter, although they are not releasing any information as to the relationship between them.
The child who was in the car at the time of the shooting was not harmed.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.