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Corey Daniel Powell

ESSEX — Authorities confirmed that Baltimore County Poilce have charged a 24 year old Essex man in the triple shooting that occurred on the 1000 block of Foxcroft Lane last Saturday in the wee hours of the morning.

Detectives have confirmed that the shooting occurred during an alleged drug purchase.

Corey Daniel Powell was arrested and charged on Tuesday evening with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. After a bail review at Baltimore County Detention Center, it has been determined that Powell will be held without bail.

Names have also been released of the two deceased men: Dennis Vasquez and Cameron Stenhouse. A third victim, also male, suffered injuries from a gunshot wound. Police said he was shot in the upper body, and is expected to survive.

“They’re working this case hard,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski told local media. “I have every confidence we’ll get an arrest in this case.”

Olszewski, along with newly minted police chief Melissa Hyatt; Del. Ric Metzgar, R-6; Del. Robin Grammer, R-6 and other county officials, walked the area of the shooting this week and spoke with residents about their safety concerns.

“I’ve lived here my whole life,” said an Essex woman from her front porch during the walkthrough. “We do call [the police] about things. We either don’t get a response, or you’ve got to call and call and call and call. People have stopped calling.”

Hyatt and Olszewski spoke with the woman, who echoes many concerns heard throughout Eastern Baltimore County.

“This is a really exciting opportunity that the County Executive is spearheading,” Hyatt told local media. “It really brings county agencies together to look — not just at crime in the neighborhood — but in ways that we can improve communities.”

At a previous public safety town hall, both Olszewski and Hyatt have iterated a commitment to community-based policing.