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Baltimore County Police Find Man Shot To Death In His Home

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WINDSOR MILL, Md. (WJZ)—Baltimore County Police are investigating a fatal shooting in a Windsor Mill neighborhood.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with neighbors who knew the victim and why police believe he may have known his killer.

Baltimore County Police say there is no evidence of forced entry. The man who was killed was popular among his neighbors.

Detectives with Baltimore County Police are looking for any clues that could tell them why a man who lived at a home on Rocky Brook Court in Windsor Mill was shot to death late Sunday night.

“They are looking at whether it’s possible this crime involved people that knew one another,” said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police.

Neighbors who knew the victim, 39-year-old Michael Jefferson Jr., recall hearing the gunshots. Leonard Smith knew the victim–known by neighbors as “Mike.” He says his wife heard the gunfire but didn’t realize their friend was being killed.

“It’s saddening. Mike and my husband have tailgated together for the Ravens. When we came to the neighborhood, he was one of the first people that welcomed us,” said Rhonda Smith.

Baltimore County Police were called to the neighborhood just before midnight. When they arrived, Jefferson was dead.

Drops of blood are still evident on the victim’s patio furniture, the glass door and the blinds.

Baltimore County Police say they have very little information on what led up to the shooting but the victim’s friends say they can’t think of any reason someone would take Michael Jefferson’s life.

“He was a good guy. I don’t know what happened,” said Leonard Smith.

Police have not named any suspects at this time.

Neighbors say Jefferson had a girlfriend but lived alone.

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