'I'm not burying my son': Man killed in Southwest Baltimore shooting

A man was killed in a shooting in Southwest Baltimore Tuesday afternoon.

The call came across the police radio Tuesday afternoon, another shooting in West Baltimore: South Culver Street.

Another mother would face burying her son.

Against the street curb, a red Acura was parked, the glass shattered from the driver's window. The car was now empty.

Patrol cars blocked the street in the Saint Josephs neighborhood.

Down the block, a woman staggered from a row house.

"No. No. God, no. Not my baby," she said. "No, I can't. This is not how it's supposed to be."

She wore black slacks and her hair was done. She slumped against the fence, beside a pink bicycle. "I can't do it. I'm not going to be able to bury my child."

The victim was shot several times in the Acura, police said. Officers arrived at 2:30 p.m. He was taken to the hospital, police said, where he died. Officers did not name him.

More women came out from the house, crying and hugging. The mother held a cellphone to her red cheek. "I'm not going. I'm not going. I'm not burying my son."

Neighbors watched silently from their porches. Near the Acura, in one house window, a cardboard sign said, "Heavenly Angels Daycare."

Some women led the crying woman to a minivan idling at the corner. They were holding her up by her shoulders.

"No, I'm not going to the hospital," she was saying, walking with them. "I'm not letting my son go."

The police detectives passed their cards to the women.

There was nothing to say to a reporter because a man was killed and his mother was leaving for the hospital.

Then the women drove off, leaving the scene of another shooting, leaving the shattered glass and the red Acura, its door still ajar.

tprudente@baltsun.com

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