Mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa and his longtime friend Matthew Morrow were shot early Saturday at a house party in Pasadena as a wave of violence swept across the region.
Morrow, 21, died from the wounds he suffered at the party in the 7000 block of Outing Ave.; Costa, 20, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Anne Arundel County Police did not name Costa as one of the victims, but his trainer Noel Smith, owner of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Glen Burnie, confirmed Costa was injured at the party.
Morrow and Costa had known each other for more than a decade and had wrestled together at Northeast High School in Pasadena, said Morrow's mother, Carla Morrow. Morrow had recently begun training in martial arts fighting like his friend, his mother said.
"He was a great kid," Carla Morrow said of her son. "He always, always had a smile. He was always making somebody laugh."
Smith said Costa is expected to make a full recovery, but his fighting career might be delayed. Costa had been scheduled to have his first pro match in November.
Costa was shot in the hip, while a second bullet passed through his wrist, Smith said. Costa has no feelings in his hand or fingers and might have to have surgery to repair the nerve in his hand, his trainer said.
Morrow was shot twice in the chest, Smith said.
"He is still in shock that his best friend just died in front of him," Smith said of Costa. "It was totally unprovoked."
Of Morrow, Smith said, "He was a happy-go-lucky 21-year-old kid who didn't have a mean bone in his body."
Police said they do not believe the shooting was random. The gunman fled in a dark-colored vehicle.
The shooting was part of a spate of violence in the region that began Friday night and left at least two other people dead and four others injured, including a cabdriver and a pizza delivery man.
The 57-year-old female cabdriver was shot in the chest about 3:25 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Swann Drive in Baltimore after picking up three customers at an unknown location.
Police believe the driver, who is in serious condition, was robbed by the passengers, who were two women and a man.
In an earlier incident, a woman who was shot in the head Friday in Baltimore's Harwood neighborhood died, said police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Smith.
Smith said the woman died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 10:37 p.m., about three hours after police found her lying in the street. She was identified as 18-year-old Tashawna Jones of the 2200 block of Presstman St. in West Baltimore's Rosemont neighborhood.
Jones was the third teenage girl shot in the city since Sept. 27.
Witnesses reported seeing a man running south on Guilford Avenue after the shooting. He was wearing a red and black jacket and a white hat, Smith said.
A short time later, a 25-year-old man was shot in his face and lower back at 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St., Smith said. The victim is in stable condition.
In that case, police are searching for a black man, aged 16 to 22, who is 5-feet-7-inches tall and 140 pounds. The shooter was wearing glasses, a black face mark, a black hood, a shirt with three stripes on the sleeves and dark pants.
Smith said the motive in the shooting is unknown.
City police are also investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. In that case, a 26-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach as he delivered food ordered from a pizza shop to a residence in the 2500 block of Terra Firma Road. The man, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Police have no motive and are not yet sure if it was robbery. No information about a suspect was available.
Baltimore County also was the site of violence Friday night.
Police found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound in the 3800 block of McDowell Lane in Halethorpe at 11:46 p.m. Friday. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died.
In a separate incident, police found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds at 1:52 a.m. Saturday at Eastern Boulevard and Island Point Road in Dundalk. The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun