A 15-year-old mother was fatally shot and her toddler son wounded in her arms late last night in a spray of bullets from a West Baltimore gunfight, city police said.
The young mother, identified by police as Adrian Edmonds, was shot in front of the home of a friend in the 500 block of Presstman St., where she was visiting.
She managed to get inside the house before collapsing in a hallway.
"She was lying down and blood was just pouring from her chest," said Walter Owens, 39, who reported hearing at least six or seven rapid shots from the top floor of the three-story rowhouse.
"It sounded like one of those automatics," Mr. Owens said.
Witnesses said the mother dropped or set her son down outside. The boy, identified by police spokesman Sam Ringgold as 15-month-old Eric Tyler, was wounded in the right arm and taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
"He's going to be OK," Mr. Ringgold said.
But the mother, who lived in the 2200 block of Division St., was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after the 11:15 p.m. shooting, Mr. Ringgold said.
The spokesman said police believe as many as half a dozen people took part in the gun battle, and said no suspect was in custody.
"A lot of people are being questioned, a lot of people who were right there, just to get a grip on it," Mr. Ringgold said.
"It doesn't make any sense," said Mr. Owens. "It's unreasonable. It seems like the whole human race is going down like in the gangster days. Everybody has a gun these days, trying to make a name for themselves."
"It just happened so fast. It's the worst yet," Mr. Owens' mother, 75-year-old Amanda Owens, said of the shooting and the burgeoning violence that accounts for the deaths of increasing numbers of Baltimore teen-agers.
The shooting brings to at least 20 the number of shooting victims 15 years of age or under this year.
"Now you can't even sit on your own steps," said 75-year-old Purcell Sanders, Mrs. Owens' husband.
Another 15-year-old, Duron Curtis, who lived in the 1700 block of Presstman St., was found shot to death early Monday in the 2400 block of Reisterstown Road. Two men also were wounded in that incident, police said.
And Monday night, 15-year-old Daquann Spencer of the 3300 block of Chesterfield Ave., was found wounded in the parking lot of a Northeast Baltimore apartment complex, according to police.