Earline Lewis was visiting her elderly mother and aunt, watching a religious program on the television, when a dead man drove into the house.
"I was there taking my spirituals, and I heard all these shots. The shots sounded close. Then we heard this real loud noise, like an explosion," she recalled last night.
"The whole house shook. And then somebody called and said, 'Did you know there was a car in your house?' " Ms. Lewis said. "Sure enough it was a car out there in the yard. Just knocked all the walls out of the basement and the man was dead."
Police said 23-year-old John Shipley Jr. was shot dead while driving his car just outside the house in the 1400 block of North Longwood Street in Southwest Baltimore around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Officers said they had arrested two men on first-degree murder charges and were seeking a third. They said the slaying was apparently related to a turf war among rival drug dealers.
Charged with murder were Mario Young, 18, of the 1500 block of Poplar Grove St., and Ronald Chambers, 23, of the 1400 block of Dukeland St., police said. Detectives would not release the third suspect's name.
Ms. Lewis said the car knocked down a fence and smashed through a porch before crashing into a wall in the front of the house.
She said no one inside the house was injured, adding: "All I can say is God is good, and he was with us last night."