A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg about 7:12 p.m. Monday in or near a housing courtyard not far from Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore, extending a string of violence that saw eight people shot in the city over the weekend.
Many recent shootings in the city have involved teenagers.
The boy is expected to recover from his injuries, police said. They had no motives in the shooting late Monday.
At the scene in the 700 block of Wharton Court, which is lined by two-story homes, two separate areas were blocked off with police tape. Above one, a closed-circuit police surveillance camera blinked blue from a roofline. Around the corner, at least 11 numbered, yellow crime-scene markers stood on the sidewalk in an uneven bunch.
Detectives walked in and out of multiple homes, at least one of which had a bullet enter through a second-story window during the incident, which neighbors said involved multiple gunshots.
As a steady drizzle dotted puddles in the courtyard, neighbors watched detectives through screen doors. Others stepped aside to allow the officers into their homes, which appeared to be part of the crime scene.
According to Donya Swann, 23, at least one bullet entered a second-story bedroom window of her grandmother's home on the court, where she lives with her mother and 7-year-old daughter.
"My mother and my daughter sleep in that room," Swann said, shortly after a crime-scene photographer and other officers exited the home. "Everybody was down here, thank goodness."
Swann said it was quiet in the courtyard just before the shooting. There had been kids out earlier, but the rain had driven most of them indoors, she said.
"I was kind of shocked," she said of the bullet entering the home. "That's the first time something like that has happened around here, with shots coming in."
A neighbor, James Moore, said he'd left his home about 20 minutes before the shooting occurred and there was a group of teenagers outside. When he returned, the courtyard had been taped off.
"It's bad around here. You've got a lot of young kids around here, and it seems like they don't have any control," said Moore, 52, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1973 and in his current home, with his mother, since 1989. "It's crazy."
Moore said his son, Marcus Bose, was shot in the neighborhood in 2010.
"It's bad because you have your children out here, too, and with gun play like that, anybody can get shot," Moore said. "It's bad for the community."
Things were different in the area when he was growing up, Moore said.
"We might have come down here and had some fistfights and stuff like that, but no gun play," he said.
Police said late Monday that they did not have a suspect in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Eastern District detectives at 410-396-2433.
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