Two shot, one fatally, in separate Baltimore incidents

June 20, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Two men were shot, one fatally, on opposite sides of Baltimore on Thursday afternoon and evening, police said.

A man was shot and killed about 7 p.m. in the Gilmor Homes complex in the 1600 block of Mountmor Court in West Baltimore. He was not immediately identified, and few details were available.

Ten days earlier, a 2-year-old boy, Marlo McFadden, was found dead of blunt-force trauma in the same block.

Another man was in critical condition last night after being shot several times about 4:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Abbott Court in the Latrobe Homes public housing development in East Baltimore, police said. He also was not identified.

Tursheila Wilmer, 47, said she was sitting along a wall in the courtyard with a few neighbors, eating snacks and chatting, when they heard two pops nearby. For a second they wondered whether the sounds were fireworks, she said. Then they heard five more shots and started running.

"I just ran in the house to get out of the line of fire," she said. She paced the courtyard, smoking a cigarette to calm her nerves. She didn't see the shooter, she said. "Now I'm scared to even come back around the damn corner."

A neighbor, who declined to be identified, said residents of Latrobe Homes live in constant fear for their safety.

"If you don't mind your business morning, day and night, you will be missing in action," the woman said, adding that she knew the victim's grandmother.

Two people were killed last year in the complex, which is bounded by East Madison Street and East Eager Street, with Ensor Street running through the middle.

As detectives placed evidence markers on a gray hat and a yellow bag left behind, a woman pulled up in a car, sobbing and asking about the shooting, then drove off.

"I don't even know who that baby was, but I know he's someone's son," Wilmer said of the Latrobe Homes victim. "He's somebody's child."

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