BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 14-year-old is in critical condition after being shot late Saturday night in Laurel.

The Howard County Police Department reports the shooting happened just after 11 p.m., in the 9000 block of N. Laurel Rd at Whiskey Bottom Square Condominiums.

Authorities were already in the area for an unrelated call, when they heard a gunshot. Officers found a 14-year-old who had been shot.

“I was shocked because this is a quiet neighborhood,” said neighbor Darlene Feamster. “All I could do is pray for him, but why is a 14-year-old boy doing out at that time of night?”

The victim who lives in Odenton was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with life threatening injuries.

“His injuries are critical. They are life threatening,” said Howard County police spokesperson Lori Boone. “Police don’t have any sort of suspect description or any additional details at this time.”

“Lately we’ve been having problems with two renters that just moved in and we’ve been having a lot of drug activity,” one woman said. “I’ve been seeing a lot of drug exchanges. You don’t think it’s going to take place where you live at.”

No further information has been released at this time. Police ask anyone who was in the area Saturday night to call 410-313-STOP or email

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