Six shot in city, including two near memorial rededicated this week

Teen, 21-year-old woman injured in Walbrook incident

May 13, 2011|By Justin Fenton and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Six people were shot Thursday in Baltimore over a span of less than seven hours, according to police.

A 21-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy were shot in the 1800 block of N. Rosedale St. about 10:50 p.m., police said. The two had been standing in front of a convenience store when someone approached from the alley and began firing, according to police.

The teen suffered minor wounds and was treated at a hospital and released, but the woman was admitted to an area hospital, police said.

The incident occurred one block from a memorial to a 6-year-old girl slain in the Walbrook area, less than three days after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake helped neighbors rededicate the site.

The memorial to Tiffany Smith, killed in 1991 when she was struck by an errant bullet during a gunfight, had given way to neglect in recent years, but the city helped rebuild it after plows destroyed it during last year's double-dose of heavy snowfall. At an event Tuesday afternoon, residents said the neighborhood grapples with crime and an overwhelming problem with vacant homes and businesses, though a major development project slated to begin in the fall was cause for optimism.

Rawlings-Blake spoke of her crime initiatives, including recently passed gun legislation and the hiring of 300 new officers, and urged residents to work with police.

At the shooting scene, near the intersection of North Rosedale Street and West North Avenue, shoes and socks of one of the victims were left on the street corner near a pizza restaurant. An employee of the business recalled a regular customer who was gunned down in the area, and she said she doesn't let her kids play outside.

"Everybody's walking around with hatred," she said, noting that, despite the shootings, the abandonment in the neighborhood typically leaves the area quiet.

Fire union officials said on Twitter that the shooting occurred "next door" to a fire station that has been closed for months because of "poor upkeep by the city," likely causing a delay in the time it took medics to treat the victims.

Police were also investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man less than a mile away, in the rear alley of the 2800 block of Riggs Ave.

An officer who responded at 9:04 p.m. found the man with gunshot wounds to the right arm and side, and the victim was taken to a hospital, police said.

A few minutes earlier, about 8:55 p.m., police were dispatched to the 2200 block of E. Biddle St., where they found two other shooting victims — an 18-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the torso and limb and a 20-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. They were shot in the 1200 block of N. Patterson Park Ave., police said.

Authorities were also investigating the shooting of a 28-year-old man Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded about 4:20 p.m. to the 4700 block of Parkside Drive in Northeast Baltimore and found the victim sitting on the steps of a building, suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

According to police, the man was driving in the 4200 block of Roberton Ave., in the Parkside community, when someone started shooting.

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