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(Updated) Unsolved Russett Homicide Prompts Increased Police Patrols

Police hope community can help solve homicide case.

This story was updated at 9:25 a.m. to reflect police comments on investigations into whether the incident was random or targeted.

Anne Arundel County Police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a man in Russett and are asking community members to come forward with information.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area, offered cash rewards to residents who may have seen something and have reached out to community leaders to quell fears about the , said Justin Mulcahy, a police spokesman.

“It’s a violent incident, and it’s understandable that anxiety is high in the community,” he said. “We need the community's input as well.”

Mulcahy said police are still investigating whether the shooting was random, or a targeted incident.

According to police, the incident happened at approximately 2:23 a.m. along the 8000 block of Ians Alley. Police responded to reports of a shooting, and upon arrival, officers learned that Gregory Robert Sears, 36, of the 8000 block of Ians Alley, was shot after being approached by two males in his driveway.  

Sears was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died.

Russett is quiet community east of the City of Laurel in Anne Arundel County and it’s been at least 10 years since a homicide has happened there, said Tim Reyburn, community association vice president.

The homicide “stunned people,” Reyburn said. “It’s like they just walked up and shot him and left---it’s very unusual.”

There was an outbreak of burglaries near apartments and condos in the area during December, and a .

Community members believed that the incidents might have been related to the homicide, but Mulcahy said there was no indication that the crimes were related.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is handling the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Shelly Guy at 410-222-3458, Det. Jason McNemar at 410-222-3463, Sergeant Keith Clark at 410-222-3456 or the Major Crimes Section at 410-222-3450.

Bewildered January 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM
This area needs some "real" community leaders not just HomeOwner Association (HOA)President or Vice President speaking for the community. The HOA here is merely responsible for the "association" functions which is basically taking care of the property/grounds. There is no outreach to homeowners on a broad scale here. Any communications are squashed which is strange.

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