Baltimore police release video of brutal light rail murder, $8K reward offered for information on killer who fled the scene
A young woman is fatally shot and her body dumped on the tracks by a man fleeing the scene of a murder-for-hire in Baltimore.
“It is so upsetting to me that, you know, for me to see a young woman that I know, that I love, I loved. I loved. She’s been murdered, and that was the last thing that I ever saw,” Baltimore County Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
The footage released Tuesday reveals the violent moments inside a West Baltimore apartment building shortly after 6:30 a.m. on April 6, 2015, with a group of men who were there to find a woman.
Kaitlin Morton, 26, was killed and her body was left inside a storage container on the tracks behind apartment building where she had been renting a room and was expected to be moving in on April 8.
The video shows a man who was waiting on the tracks for the woman to pass by him on her way to work.
“He came out, and I yelled to the girls, ‘Hey, get the fuck out and get out of the building,’” said Jaimie Lewis, who was with Morton’s fiance at the time.
It’s unclear from the video whether the man was waiting next to Morton on the tracks for her to exit the building, or whether he just happened to see her exiting the building as he was waiting.
But as soon as Morton got on the tracks, the man appeared to pull out his gun and shoot her multiple times.
Detectives also released a sketch of a suspect, identified as Joseph P. Johnson, 29.
Johnson is believed to be a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.
Police also released a surveillance video in which police captured the moment before Johnson walked out the rear door of Apartment No. 8 on May 3, 2015.