2 killed, 4 wounded in shoot­ing out­side store

Po­lice say N.W. Bal­ti­more in­ci­dent likely tied to killing that oc­curred days ear­lier

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Car­rie Wells cwells@balt­sun.com

A gun­man opened fire out­side a con­ve­nience store in North­west Bal­ti­more on Wed­nes­day evening, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing four, po­lice said.

The vic­tims were shot about 6 p.m. as they were stand­ing in front of a Stop1­con­ve­nience store near the busy area of Du­vall Av­enue and Gar­ri­son Boulevard. Po­lice be­lieve there was just one gun­man, who ran away along Edge­wood Street.

Po­lice spokesman T.J. Smith said the shoot­ing is be­lieved to be tied to an­other homi­cide that took place nearby in the last few days, likely as an act of re­tal­i­a­tion. The most re­cent re­ported killing in the area was of Ja­cob Hayes, 22, who was shot in­side a nearby home in the 4000 block of Du­vall Ave. on Satur­day and died at a hos­pi­tal.

Smith called the vi­o­lence “ridicu­lous” and called on families to pre­vent more of it.

“I have to make a plea to families once again,” he said. “You know if your child, you know if your boyfriend, your baby’s father, your hus­band, your cousin, your brother is up to no good, you need to get him be­fore th­ese streets get him. You have to. If you want us to knock at your door, let them keep do­ing what they’re do­ing.” Ap­pear­ing frus­trated, Smith con­tin­ued. “We’re go­ing to con­tinue hav­ing to knock on your door, we’re go­ing to con­tinue to have to get RIP shirts. We’re go­ing to put some more bal­loons up. We’re go­ing to throw some more hash­tags on so­cial me­dia. And then we’re go­ing to do it all over again.”

A man’s body could be seen out­side the store shortly after the shoot­ing, as at least a half-dozen bul­let cas­ings cov­ered by ev­i­dence mark­ers lay scat­tered nearby.

Ed­ward Speed said he was shav­ing in his bath­room when he heard the shots.

“I thought it was right out­side my door,” Speed said. “I hit the floor.”

He added: “It’s ridicu­lous, it re­ally is. Sense­less killings. It’s geno­cide.”

An­other man who lives nearby, who de­clined to give his name for fear of re­tal­i­a­tion, said he grew up in the area and re­mem­bered many shoot­ings and memo­ri­als near the con­ve­nience store.

“I see shrines over here,” he said. “They’re just killing each other over here.”

He pre­dicted more vi­o­lence. “Who­ever killed him — sorry, God rest his soul — they go­ing to try to find out who killed him, and that per­son is go­ing to die. It’s a crazy cy­cle, and it has to end.”

A se­cond vic­tim was pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal. One man was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, while two men and a woman suf­fered wounds not deemed life-threat­en­ing.

Smith said the only de­scrip­tion po­lice had of the sus­pect was a man in a hooded sweat­shirt. Po­lice had no wit­nesses and asked anyone with in­for­ma­tion to call 410-396-2100.

Smith said po­lice of­ten see a “re­volv­ing door” of crime in cases like th­ese. “That’s how we’re able to link th­ese things to­gether so quickly. We’re deal­ing with peo­ple we’re fa­mil­iar with and we know the streets are fa­mil­iar with.”

One other man was killed and two were crit­i­cally in­jured in East Bal­ti­more on Wed­nes­day in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

A 27-year-old man was shot to death about 8:50 a.m. in the 900 block of N. Broad­way, po­lice said.

A 41-year-old man was found shot around 3:20 p.m. in the 1400 block of E. Pre­ston St. Homi­cide de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing be­cause of the sever­ity of his wounds.

And a 29-year-old man showed up at a hos­pi­tal around 5 p.m. with a gun­shot wound to the neck after be­ing shot in the 1400 block of N. Pat­ter­son Park Ave. He is ex­pected to sur­vive.

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