PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) – Baltimore County Police are investigating the death of an assistant principal of Baltimore City high school who was allegedly shot and killed at his Pikesville home over the weekend.
Officials found Shelton Justin Stanley, 36, dead at his home on the 4,800 block on Hawksbury Road Sunday night after family members requested a social check-up.
Stanley's body had traumatic injuries, police said. An autopsy performed on Monday ruled that his death from multiple gunshot wounds was murder.
"Our information was that the person was in contact with family members on Saturday and should be in contact on Sunday," said Jennifer Peach of the Baltimore County Police Department. "But they couldn't reach this person on Sunday."
Stanley was the assistant principal at Dunbar High School in East Baltimore.
"It's early in this investigation, but we don't think it was an accidental act," said Peach. "There is nothing that can tell us immediately that it is a break-in or robbery."
The neighbors were in shock. They said their community is usually safe and calm.
"We've never had anything like it," said Stephanie Morrow, a Pikesville resident. "So this is very scary."
A pour of love and sympathy was shared on Facebook.
A message thanked Stanley for "being an exceptional soldier to so many youngsters across Baltimore."
Baltimore City Schools issued the following statement:
“City Schools mourns Shelton Stanley. He has served Dunbar High School and the entire school community well and will be greatly missed. We express our condolences to his family, loved ones, and all those whose lives he has influenced. "
A candlelight vigil will be held for Stanley on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before the Friendship Academy of Science and Tech.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.