Crime scene

ESSEX — Another shooting.

Responders arrived on scene near Lanflair and Dargun Roads just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, discovering an adult male suffering at least one gunshot wound to the lower body. He was transported to an area hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are investigating the incident. If you have any information about the shooting, you can call the department at 410-307-2020.

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

The incident comes amid heightened attention to violent crime in the area after a grisly shooting at the end of March left five dead, including two Royal Farms customers who have no apparent connection to the perpetrator.

According to the department, police patrols have been increased in the area. Officers have bolstered outreach efforts with community members, attending a public safety discussion at St. Stephens AME Church the weekend after the March shooting.

And just this week, police and county leadership attended a community walkthrough in Fox Ridge Wednesday afternoon, followed by a virtual discussion with community leaders on Thursday.

These efforts are part of a revving up of community outreach after the pandemic, and as a drumbeat of violent crime keeps up, the pressure is on to bring about some kind of change.

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