Unidentified woman is found shot to death on sidewalk at East Baltimore middle school

December 27, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday afternoon on the property of an East Baltimore middle school.

Detectives and crime scene technicians stood over the body of a black woman, slumped on the sidewalk that runs through William C. March Middle School, south of Clifton Park.

She was pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds, but police had not determined her identity as of last night, according to Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

William C. March shares a campus with Harford Heights Elementary and is surrounded by homes. Most neighbors said they had not heard any noises. An Eastern District officer had found the woman after responding to a report of an injured person at 12:38 p.m., Monroe said.

But Stephon Smith, whose home borders the school, said he was eating a meal at noon when he heard about seven distinct gunshots. He said police arrived about 20 minutes later, and that's when he realized that someone had been shot.

"The way they were shooting, it was like they were taking their time," said Smith, 21. "There was like five seconds between each one."

About 2 a.m., two people were shot a couple of miles to the north, as a crowd let out at Club 410 in the 4500 block of Belair Road. Police found a woman who was shot in the foot and a man who had been shot in the torso. They were expected to survive.

The homicide at William C. March is the 230th of the year, compared with 281 at this point last year.

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