TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) —  There are still no arrests after a teenager is gunned down at Towson Town Center in the middle of the holiday shopping season.

Mike Hellgren has the latest on the investigation and the security concerns in the wake of the shooting.

Police have said very little about the actual investigation. They make a point to try to assure people that there is no danger at the mall. But some are calling for more security.

The murder Monday at Towson Town Center at the height of the holiday shopping season has many on edge. The incident follows two unrelated murders at Arundel Mills last month where victims were also targeted and a carjacking at Marley Station earlier this year.

Baltimore County Police say they’re actively trying to catch the killer in the Towson case, but have provided few clues on leads they’re pursuing.

Pat France says after the shooting, her group will no longer patrol nearby on foot– only in unmarked cars.

“You could be walking past, and somebody could shoot someone on the other side of the street, and you’re done,” Pat France, co-chair of the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol, said. “It’s not safe. It’s not safe.”

It’s the second murder in Towson since 2005, when a teacher died in a botched robbery.

“The reaction from the Citizens on Patrol and the citizens in Towson was outrage and fear,” France explained.

Police say they typically provide more security at the mall during the holidays and have increased their presence since the murder.

“It’s important to tell our citizens they’re safe when they come to our malls and our shopping centers,” Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department said.

The teenage victim had a criminal record but loved ones say he was working to get his life on the right track. The motive behind his killing remains a mystery.

“This was not a random act. Therefore, it makes us feel a little bit better,” France said. “I’m expecting that the mall will put forth more security patrols.”

Police declined to say whether they recovered the weapon or how many shots were fired. They do say some of their best evidence comes from surveillance videos through the mall’s extensive camera network.

The victim was on supervised probation at the time of the murder.

Comments (29)
  1. steve says:

    Why is security more visable now? Always reactive, never proactive. If you know that the holiday’s will bring crime to the malls and stores, why are you going to wait until someone gets killed to step it up a notch? This so typical of public safety.

  2. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    The BCPD is highly visable…@ the local dunkin donuts.

    1. keets says:

      Anybody thinking it’s safe @ Towsontowne is pulling their willies too much & are bllinded by the sight. They are safe until the next time, & until you 1-Sterilize these 13-14 yr old baby mom’s, 2-work programs, or 3 jail, you will continue with the problems.

      1. KottaMan says:


    2. The real Bernard Mc K. says:

      WJZ-13, Please check the routing IP address that sent this inflamatory comment & signed my name to it. This was not me & I am going on record publicly in the event this ends up in court, that this is fraudlent & a vicious attack on my character.

      1. Judy says:

        What are you talking about? You post vile, inflammatory comments on nearly every article. If you are serious, you may want to go search the archives for every article posted this year because somebody has been “signing your name” to vile comments on them all!

      2. get real says:

        yes. WJZ…check “The real Bernard Mc K.’s” IP address and you will probably find it associated with all types of vile , racist comments.

      3. TheRiley says:


      4. yo mama says:

        there are fake bernards

    3. little bernard jr, sr and brother says:

      why is bernard aloud to rant so much when others are told they commented to much, just like maryland, baltimore will mess up even a blog

      1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

        Because I have something to add to the conversation whereas you speak drivel you sap.

  3. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    My screen name.

    1. The mechanic says:

      Judy, Riley, Get real, You people live in a cave or a bubble. I speak the truth about the black thug subculture & all of you damm well know it. When was the last time you saw gangs of whites robbing, raping, drugging & stabbing the citizens of Baltimore. My railings are against the filthy lazy with their hands out & who continue to steal & rob anything that’s not already given to them, not the hard working black family who honors their responsibilities. So SMD & STFU!!

    2. berinie mac says:

      berinie mac fell once to many on his thick black skull

      1. The mechanic says:

        You can’t spell but you can swell & you won’t tell when you land in a warm spot alone in Hell you juvenile uncreative thinker. Man, if your gonna bash me or post, get creative or get to the back of the line sap.

  4. the real Bernard Mc K. says:

    WJZ13. Please pull up all the so called vile comments I have made in the past six months & you will not find one where I called someone out by their christian name. These frauds using my name & nnot screen name are subject to a liable suit whereas my comments are general in nature & proted under the freedom of speech.
    You don’t like what I say? Ignore me & move on but don’t attack me personally or I will sue you quicker than a bat can shi* in your eye.

    1. big tom says:

      that is the problem everyone want to sue all the time, learn some new words and thoughts for God sake

  5. Voice says:

    Big Tom, I didn’t know you were Indian descent, I heard someone the other day say” “That’s Tom’s son”…….Spoken by big willy who also said to MYOB & STFU.

  6. Out of control says:

    It’s it a sad reality that all the increased safety measures is needed due to violent and crazed black Baltimoreans. Every place that the violent black underclass from Baltimore gets access to soon becomes dangerous and undesirable. This happens every single time! Section-8 was supposed to be a means to a better life in better communities, but the black underclass criminal families just bring their obnoxious behavior and crime with them everywhere. I witnessed a huge gang fight at this mall there three days before Christmas 2006. People must know that Towso is just an extension of the Baltimore inner-city with the quick and easy bus lines.

    1. cHARMcity says:

      TOOOOOOOO true I have one for a neighbor in HOODlawn maryland.. loud music blasting all night… different guys pulling up blasting music all night, yelling.. cursing… trash. empty weed bags.. i could go on for hours… And I am a black man trying to raise 3 boys…

  7. cHARMcity says:

    wow… these comments are too funny… security is a joke at ALL Malls. What can they do, police cant do anything to these “bad guys with guns” so what is Top Flight security gonna do… We all need to carry and thugs will think twice about violating… Think Texas… 5 times bigger than MD and a way lower crime rate….

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Charm city, You’re kidding of course about Texas. Texas packs guns & the murder rate is three times that of Md. It has the death penalty & between itself, Va & Fl, all states that have gun permits handed out like M&M’s the crime is still higher than Balto. Remember reading history when this country was allowed to pack? Graveyards everywhere. Innocent people get drunk in bars, hit on a gal, guy blast’s him away. Real smart eh.

      1. cHARMcity says:

        Good point…. but someone has to protect us since we dont the rights too, and police never police it seems they only care about speeders…..

  8. the mechanic says:

    There is little information being released because the police have little to go on but I suspect after running by all the snitches who have pending jail time they’re looking at will cough this punk up. These tree jumpers aren’t exactly brain surgeons.

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  10. fat cat says:

    tub a lard bernard

  11. M.A. says:

    Bernard, maybe you need to spend a little less time online making comments on a blog, and a bit more time getting a life… get the IP address checked, file a suit? dude are you serious? You have WAAAAY too much time on your hands Bernie, Hahahahahahahaha, too funny…

    1. Wiseguy says:

      Yes, Little Bernie aka willie aka sheriff spends way too much time online.

      He must be one of unemployed bozo’s he is always ranting about……or his employer better check his computer. LOL

      1. queen says:

        Wiseguy, Blow me!

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