“It’s scary and it’s sad” – Baltimore Sun

After an unidentified male victim was hospitalized following a shooting in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of northeast Baltimore late Sunday afternoon, homicide detectives launched an investigation and Residents of the close-knit residential neighborhood called on city officials to invest more in their community.

Baltimore police responded around 4:40 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the 3400 block of Mannasota Avenue east of Clifton Park and about two blocks south of Belair Road. Officials said homicide detectives took control of the investigation because the victim was seriously injured.

Police did not identify the victim, but neighbors said he looked young, possibly a teenager.

The shooting added to the carnage of an already violent weekend across Baltimore. Between Friday night and Saturday, three people died and five others were injured in shootings and aggravated assault. At least three others were shot and injured Saturday night.

A quadruple shooting on North Avenue in West Baltimore on Friday morning left two people dead, and police said one of the victims was waiting at a nearby bus stop when gunfire rang out. The suspects in this case jumped out of a stolen car and started shooting, then hijacked another vehicle to escape, rammed it a short distance away and drove off.

At the scene Sunday evening in Belair-Edison, light rain fell as detectives processed evidence. They sorted through a pile of clothes, two tennis shoes and a backpack that were lying on the sidewalk where the victim collapsed.

Neighbors reported hearing a single gunshot.

A woman, who lives around the corner from the scene of the shooting, said she and her little white dog “hit the ground” because the gunshots were so loud.

“It’s totally ridiculous how this is all going,” she said in frustration, asking to remain anonymous out of concern for her safety. “It’s treacherous around here. It’s horrible. Something has to be done. »

Eight years ago, when she moved into the neighborhood, she had less to worry about. But now she avoids sitting on her porch unless her neighbors are there. She watches her grandchildren like a hawk when they play outside. In 2019, her son was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint right outside his house, the woman said.

She called for basic safety improvements, including more streetlights and better maintenance of a vacant townhouse on the corner of Mannasota and Brendan avenues – the building closest to where the gunshot victim s collapsed. One of the only vacant homes on the block, its overgrown bushes make visibility poor around this corner, neighbors said.

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“It’s scary, man. It’s scary and sad. It really is,” said another longtime resident, who requested anonymity for security reasons. He was concerned about the possibility of reprisals after the Sunday afternoon shooting.

“You don’t know what that might bring,” he said. “It could start a war.”

The man said he ran a catering business and was sometimes paid in cash. When this happens, he remains vigilant in his comings and goings from his home, for fear of being robbed. He said people who congregate at businesses along Belair Road sometimes venture south into residential areas in search of unsavory opportunities.

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but they need to start focusing more on Belair Road,” he said.

City officials have touted the success of their Safe Streets office in the neighborhood. The program, which operates at 10 sites across the city, deploys so-called violence interrupters to intervene in potential conflicts and deter retaliation. In December, the bureau celebrated a homicide-free year in the Safe Streets zone, which covers most of the neighborhood.

Hours before the shooting, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison attended an event near Clifton Park, an annual celebration and back-to-school giveaway hosted by local nonprofit Hug Don’t Shoot. The organization aims to promote peace and help Baltimore families prosper.

Anyone with information about the Mannasota Avenue shooting is asked to contact Homicide Detectives at 410-396-2100. Those wishing to remain anonymous can use the Metro Crime Stoppers inquiry line at 1-866-7LOCKUP. They can also text tips through the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland website.

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