Police name suspect in shooting outside downtown Baltimore apartment building

Police are looking for a 23-year-old man they say shot a woman in the face on Light Street outside a luxury apartment tower and popular gym in downtown Baltimore early Friday.

Police identified the suspect on Saturday as Demetrius Thompson of the 2400 block of Chelsea Terrace in West Baltimore, and have asked anyone with information about his whereabouts to call detectives at 410-396-2221.

Officers responded just after 6 a.m. to the unit block of Light Street. Police said a 22-year-old woman had been approached by a person who shot her in the face, then ran away.

The woman was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition, police said. The shooting took place just outside the 10 Light Street apartment building and the Under Armour Performance Center at the corner of Redwood Street.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said on Twitter the shooting was a targeted, domestic-related incident.

Part of the block, including the main entrance to the apartment complex, was cordoned off with police tape Friday morning, and there were blood stains on the street and sidewalk outside.

Residents had to cross tape lines to exit the apartment, and customers at the Starbucks in the building, at the corner of Light and Baltimore streets, stepped over wet blood to enter the coffee shop.

It’s been two years since the 10 Light Street building was redeveloped, transforming an Art Deco office building built in 1929 into luxury residences complete with amenities including the gym, a cafe, spa, dog parks and a pool.

The building reopened in 2016 with the Under Armour gym as a first-floor centerpiece that melds the building’s history — the gym is housed in a former bank — with fitness. The gym is operated by FX Fitness.

Gymgoers and downtown office workers remarked on social media Friday morning how close the shooting was to them.

The Under Armour Performance Center opened at 5:30 a.m. Friday, shortly before the shooting. Kate Borlongan, assistant general manager for the gym, said the incident did not affect any staff or gym members.

“This is a very unfortunate incident happening in our community, especially since it’s very, very close to us,” she said.

She said the gym is committed to the safety of its facility and will place a renewed emphasis on security.

“The priority of safety is going to be something that is a big topic of discussion in future meetings in the company,” Borlongan said.

Gables Residential, the manager for the 10 Light Street apartments, could not be reached for comment Friday.

In an email, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, to residents of the apartment tower, Gables detailed the incident and said it was working to increase security.

“The investigation has revealed that this was a domestic incident,” the email said. “We are working with the police and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore to increase patrols; however, this incident was very intentional and likely not preventable.”

Drops of blood on open sidewalks stretched for more than a block down Baltimore Street to the Charles Center metro station, where police roped off another portion of the block containing a large pool of blood. The woman walked down the block after the shooting and was found in front of the metro station, a police spokeswoman said.

By about 7:45 a.m., the Baltimore Fire Department had arrived at the entrance of 10 Light Street to clean up the crime scene, bleaching blood stains from the brick pavers and hosing down the walkway.

Police are investigating the shooting and are asking anyone with information to call them at 410-396-2221, or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this story.

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