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‘This is like war’ – Baltimore Sun

by DrewLUD

Standing just feet from the body of a gunshot victim who died on the scene Friday morning, neighbors gathered outside the crime tape on West North Avenue and decried the rampant gun violence plaguing their community after another brazen shooting left multiple people injured.

The shooting was reported before 11 a.m. near the intersection of North Rosedale Street and West North Avenue in West Baltimore.

Baltimore Police have released few details, saying only that multiple people were shot.

Neighbors on the scene said they believed there were four victims, including one person who was waiting at a nearby bus stop when gunfire broke out. The sprawling crime scene shut down the block between North Rosedale and Longwood streets, a busy transit corridor that runs through West Baltimore. Several MTA buses parked outside the crime tape before reversing course to avoid the area.

The body of one victim lay in some bushes near an apartment building on Longwood Street, covered with a white sheet.

A police dog and K-9 officer patrolled the area while a Baltimore Police helicopter circled overhead.

Several neighbors gathered outside the crime tape, some unable to get back into their homes because of the crime tape.

Crystal Parker, who lives nearby and has long been heavily involved in community initiatives, said the shooting — which came months after seven people were shot at the same intersection in October 2021 — illustrates a host of deficiencies, including a lack of attention from public officials.

“I am tired of people just showing up for news opps. There needs to be more consistent attention to these communities,” she said. “What that means is bringing some humanity back.”

She called for more outrage from both residents and officials: Where are the anti-violence marches, where is the public outcry?

“It’s become so normal,” she said. “We are accepting this as part of normalcy, but this is not normal. This is like war. We’re in the middle of a war and we don’t even know who the targets are.”

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Parker said this affects her personally because her grandchildren can’t walk down the street and feel safe.

“It brings another level of trauma,” she said.

Around 12:30 p.m., Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott arrived at the scene and spoke with police.

Another neighbor, Adrienne Alston, said she was headed down the street to buy a sandwich on her day off when she happened upon the crime scene.

Alston, 54, said her grandmother bought a house in the area decades ago. “We’re in the process of selling it now — because of this,” she said, gesturing toward the yellow tape and police cars.

Kenneth Watson, 53, was on his way home from a doctor’s appointment.

“It’s terrible,” he said simply. “I just pray it’ll get better.”

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