Baltimore County Police said a homicide investigation is underway after the body of a woman was found near Pikesville High School on Friday night.

Detectives responded to a report of an unconscious person just before 7 p.m. in the 7600 block of Labyrinth Road, the same block as the school, and found an adult female with a gunshot wound, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified her Saturday as 45-year-old Lakisha Wheeler, who, according to online records, was a Baltimore City resident.

Baltimore County Detective Trae Corbin said Wheeler had been reported missing through Baltimore City.

In a Saturday email to Pikesville High School families, Principal Eric W. Eiswert said Wheeler‘s body was found on the periphery of school property. He said police have assured school officials the incident does not appear to involve the school “in any way” and that Wheeler had no apparent connection to the institution.

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“The safety of our campus including those who work and visit here — even during the summer months — remains a top priority,” Eiswert wrote.

State Sen. Shelly Hettleman, who represents Pikesville and other parts of central and western Baltimore County, said in a tweet Saturday that the woman’s death seemed “quite specifically targeted” and there is no active threat to the community.

”Horribly sad for the woman & her loved ones,” Hettleman wrote.

This article has been updated to reflect that Wheeler lived in the city.

hallie.miller@thebaltimorebanner.com

Hallie Miller covers housing for The Baltimore Banner. She's previously covered city and regional services, business and health at both The Banner and The Baltimore Sun.

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