Baltimore shootings leave 5 dead — including 65-year-old woman — in weekend violence

Rachel Purviance was watching television in her home at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when she heard a series of gunshots.

Purviance said she waited a little while, then peered out her front door. She saw a commotion up the cherry blossom-lined street and heard a yell: “They shot my grandmother!”

A 65-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were killed in the shooting in the 3900 block of W. Mulberry St. in Allendale, police said. Another man was injured in a separate shooting near Highlandtown on the other side of the city Saturday night, police said. And then on Sunday afternoon, another shooting in Allendale left one man dead, police said.

Baltimore police commissioner: Slain 65-year-old woman was innocent bystander of targeted attack »

This followed a spate of shootings throughout the city Friday night that left two people dead and six people injured.

Both victims in Saturday’s double Allendale shooting were taken to a local hospital and were pronounced dead, police said. A knock at the door of the home where the shooting happened went unanswered Sunday.

The 65-year-old victim, whom police identified Monday morning as Pinky Louise Ruffin, worked nights as a security guard, Purviance said. The women used to see each other in passing as Purviance returned home from her job in the women’s surgical center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.

“She was a nice person,” she said.

Police on Monday also identified the male victim as Marques Lee Patterson, of the 2400 block of Brookfield Avenue.

Purviance has lived on the block for about a decade, she said. In all that time, she’s seen nothing like this.

“She came out on the porch to sit down for some air,” she said of Ruffin. “A bullet hit her.”

A Baltimore homicide detective walked the block Sunday morning, knocking on doors. No evidence of the shooting remained, except for a roll of crime scene tape left on top of a fire hydrant.

Calvin Sutton, 51, who also lives nearby, said he was an acquaintance of the woman who was shot and her boyfriend.

“They was talking about moving,” Sutton said. “They was trying to get out of here. For her to get shot, that’s crazy to me.”

Around the same time Saturday night in Southeast Baltimore, officers were dispatched to the 3500 block of Noble St., where they found a 37-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the arm, according to the police statement. The man was in stable condition at a local hospital Sunday morning.

Police say a preliminary investigation found that the victim tried to flee and was shot after an unidentified male approached him to rob him.

On Sunday at about 1:45 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Normandy Avenue and West Franklin Street in Allendale, where they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and upper body, police said. The victim, whom police identified on Monday as Jerod Watson, 24, of the 300 block of Lyndhurst Street, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

On Friday night, patrol officers responded at about 11:13 p.m. to a report of a shooting in the 3000 block of Rayner Avenue in the Franklintown Road neighborhood of West Baltimore, where a young woman had been shot in the head. Police said the victim, whom they identified Monday morning as 20 year-old Sahantana Williams, died at the scene.

In an earlier incident at about 10:38 p.m., officers were called to the 500 block of North East Avenue, in the Ellwood Park neighborhood of East Baltimore, for a report of a shooting. Police found a 25-year-old man who had been shot twice in the chest. He was taken to a hospital where he died, according to the release. Police identified the victim Monday as 25-year-old Raheem Bey, of the 500 block of North Decker Street.

Anyone with information on the fatal shootings in Allendale is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Anyone with information on the shooting in Southeast Baltimore can call 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers. Tips can also be texted to 443-902-4824.

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Lorraine Mirabella contributed to this article.

ywenger@baltsun.com

twitter.com/yvonnewenger

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
64°