Party in Joppa Ends in Homicide

(Joppa, MD – July 14, 2008) Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting of a twenty-two year Edgewood man that attended a private event at the Joppa Magnolia Fire Hall. This is Harford County's Sheriff's Office second homicide of 2008.

At approximately 11:45pm, a 911 call was placed that someone had been shot at a party that was taking place in the Joppa/Magnolia Fire Hall located in the 1400 block of Mountain Road. Harford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to find a crowd of people gathered inside and outside of the building. The victim, Tariq S Alston, 22 of Edgewood was located shot inside of the building. Treated on the scene by paramedics from Joppa/ Magnolia Fire Company, he was transported by Fallston Ambulance Corp to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with life threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly before 12:30am.

Deputies have been conducting interviews on site with the event attendees. Motive is unknown at this time as the investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5080.

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 shooting. To be eligible for the reward, tipsters must call the 24-hour tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS. Callers do not have to give their name nor appear in court. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

News Release

July 14, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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