Man Shot in Edgewood

(Edgewood, Md. – June 19, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an early morning shooting which left one man in critical condition. The victim, Paul Eugene Cottingham, Jr., 21 years of age, from Abingdon was shot once in the back.

The Harford County Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call shortly after 3:00 a.m. indicating a man was shot in the 1300 block of Goldmeadow Way in Edgewood. When deputies arrived a few minutes later, the victim was found lying face down in the road near his car.

Cottingham was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and then flown by Maryland State Police med-e-vac helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Cottingham underwent surgery early this morning and is in critical condition.

Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by Baltimore County Police K-9, in an attempt to locate a possible suspect and the handgun used in the shooting, conducted a neighborhood search. The search concluded shortly before 5:00 a.m. with negative results.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5434.

Additionally, Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the attempted murder of Mr. Cottingham. To be eligible for the reward, tipsters must call the 24-hour tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS. Callers do no have to give their name or appear in court. All information will be kept strictly confidential.