By Rachael Cardin

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A security guard assigned to guard a ballot box in northeast Baltimore was shot early Thursday, according to city police.

The shooting happened in the 2200 block of Pinewood Avenue around 4:55 a.m. The city lists a ballot drop box at Achievement Academy in that block.

Police said the unarmed security guard was sitting in his car at the time of the shooting.

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Surveillance video reportedly shows multiple armed suspects approached the vehicle and tried to open the door. When the man didn’t open it, they began shooting.

Investigators are looking into the shooting as a possible attempted robbery.

The ballot box was reportedly not tampered with and did not appear to be the suspects’ focus.

“Right now, the box was not tampered with,” Armstead Jones, Board of Elections Director, said.

The Maryland Board of Elections said they are working with authorities in the investigation.


With the unusual voting style because of COVID-19, drop box locations and their security was a top priority for state and local leaders. Now, these efforts are being ramped up.

“We’re going to try some other tactics to make sure that these votes are safe,” Jones said.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injures, according to police.

“It’s a shame we’re living in a time where a person can’t be minding their own business, making an honest wage, and someone does something like they did here today,” Jones said.

“Our prayers go out to the victim of this situation here earlier this morning,” Jones added.

Anyone with information should contact Baltimore Police immediately. Callers can remain anonymous by contacting Metro Crime Stoppers.

This story was originally published on Oct. 15, 2020. 

Rachael Cardin

Comments (20)
  1. King Julian says:

    it will be great when 911 starts sending unarmed persons on calls.

    1. ron says:

      Who would employ unarmed security in baltimore?! Who would be stupid enough to take the job?!

  2. Tyree says:

    Its all good Mosby is on the case she going to take care of it a soon as she pays her taxes.

  3. When will they learn says:

    Who wrote this headline? The assault had nothing to do with the dropbox at all. Whoever the editor is that did this needs to take a look at themselves and make a commitment to be better. This is one of the many reasons the population doesn’t trust the media. Be better!!

    1. Just say'n says:

      If the dropbox was not there, would security have been there? If security was not there, would they have been shot? Did you attend an inner city Baltimore public school?

      1. nedreid says:

        The implication of the headline is that it had something to do with the election. Quite likely an attack on what was perceived by the perps as a policeman, rather than an attack on the election itself, or the ballots in the box.

      2. naughtyotter says:

        Yeah…I don’t think it was a coincidence, either. Was the security guard in a marked or unmarked car? I’d like to know that. I think this is just the beginning.

  4. Joseph Joseph says:

    The black culture on full display…

  5. Ron says:

    Trump supporters……………

  6. Michael Chovich says:

    It is Baltimore, that is normal. Defund the police so more, it is quite funny to watch.

  7. Jameson says:

    Were they youths who just left midnight basketball?

  8. Just Say'n says:

    There will be riots because the security was “racist” when he moved to try avoiding getting shot.
    Flatscreens for everybody

  9. Bob parzych says:

    It’s just Leroy’s doing what Leroy’s do.

  10. ron says:

    Any white people involved in this story? DIE-versity=WHITEgenocide

  11. Lou says:

    One word “Baltimore”

  12. Phil Rosenkranz says:

    Damned Amish thugs!

  13. LA NUKKA says:

    Dindus at it again!

  14. Hukkers says:

    Burn, Loot, Murder Organization.

  15. jimmy not that jimmy says:

    Achievement Academy. Who comes up with these labels?

  16. Count Yob says:

    No description of the perps. Why am I not surprised?

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