Violence struck the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore once again Sunday night, as an unidentified male was wounded by gunfire so severely that homicide detectives were dispatched to the scene, according to police.
The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of Chesterfield Avenue, a block from where a "solidarity walk" against crime was held Thursday night by local residents and city leaders, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The walk had followed the fatal shooting of Peter Marvit, a 51-year-old scientist, in the 2800 block of Chesterfield Avenue last week.
Before and after the walk, community and city leaders had expressed a desire to combat the violence in their neighborhood by sticking together and refusing to show fear. There are plans for a big-screen showing of the Ravens game on Thursday in Herring Run Park, which Marvit's front porch overlooked. He was gunned down outside his home.
"We know we cannot let the cowards win, not in this neighborhood, not in any neighborhood in this city," Rawlings-Blake said at the event.
About 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, Maj. Darryl DeSousa, commander of the Northeast District, and City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the area, stood together near the corner of Belair Road and Chesterfield Avenue, just feet from police tape blocking off the corner and homicide detectives analyzing the crime scene.
"Based on the scene and the evidence recovered, it looks like a drug deal gone bad," said DeSousa, who expressed frustration with the violence.
Scott, who also expressed frustration, said the shooting would not discourage residents from their stated goal of solidarity.
"This neighborhood is resilient. They keep fighting back," he said. "It doesn't discourage us, it just angers us and makes us want to work harder again to stop it."
Still, the shooting is another indication that the Northeast District, the city's largest, needs more resources to deal with changing demographics in its communities, Scott said. The boundaries haven't changed in his lifetime, and a reevaluation is in order, he said.
"Even with this district being the largest in the city, they don't have the resources everybody else has," Scott said, noting that many "major thoroughfares" in the city have police details assigned to them but Belair Road, among others in the Northeast, does not.
"It's time for the Northeast District to get some love," he said.
Few other details were immediately available late Sunday about the shooting, DeSousa said.
Two other shootings occurred in the city Sunday as well.
About 8:55 p.m., police responded to the 2700 block of Mura Street in the Berea neighborhood of East Baltimore to find a man shot. His wounds were also serious enough that homicide detectives responded.
About 4:10 p.m., police found a man shot near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Laurens Street, near the Upton Metro Station in Central Baltimore.
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