Woman fatally shot after answering door

February 15, 1994

BALTIMORE -- A woman who survived a near-fatal shooting in 1991 was shot to death late last night when she answered a knock at her door in the 600 block of N. Milton Ave.

Police said the shooting appeared to be drug-related and that no arrest had been made.

Homicide detective Gene Constantine said Bonnie Kerns, 30, was talking to two men in the doorway of her two-story rowhouse shortly before midnight when an argument, reportedly about the men wanting to purchase drugs, broke out.

Persons in the house at the time, the detective said, then heard two gunshots and saw the woman fall back into her living room bleeding from two gunshot wounds to the face. The men, both wearing dark clothing, were seen running down the street.

The victim, the mother of an 11-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died a short time later in the emergency room.

Detective Constantine said Ms. Kerns was shot under similar circumstances in Nov. 1991.

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