5 shot outside North Baltimore cookout, police say

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore police are investigating a shooting scene in North Baltimore.

Five people were shot outside a North Baltimore home during a Memorial Day cookout Monday, Baltimore police said.

Baltimore police spokesman Detective Donny Moses said the victims of the shooting in the 500 block of 43rd St. included a 30-year-old man who police suspect was the intended target. He was shot multiple times.

All of the victims were transported to area hospitals, and police said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Two other men, ages 25 and 20, were shot in the arm. A 59-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and his 60-year-old wife was shot in the face, police said.

The attack occurred about 3 p.m. during a cookout in front of a two-story rowhouse just east of Greenmount Avenue, when a car approached and one or more gunmen opened fire, police said.

"You have people with no regard for life," Moses said. "It's disturbing."

Police cordoned off the block as detectives carried out their investigation. Later Monday, one of the victims was arrested at the scene carrying a handgun, police confirmed.

"We are in the very beginning stages of our investigation," Moses said.

The number of gunmen was unclear, and police did not discuss a motive. Moses said witnesses gave varying descriptions of the shooter's vehicle.

One neighbor, who asked not to be named out of fear for her safety, ran to her front door when she heard two gunshots. More shots followed, she said. The woman said she saw a navy-blue van "backing up real fast."

The woman was shocked by the reckless nature of the shooting.

"When they do a drive-by, they don't care who it's meant for," said the woman, shaking her head.

Arthur Peterson was home and caring for his ailing wife when he heard the gunshots.

"At first I thought they were shooting firecrackers," said Peterson, 73, who said he was surprised by the bloodshed.

"Everything was running cool today," he said.

Peterson said he has lived around the corner from the site of the shooting for about 30 years. He said such a crime was unusual for the area.

The street serves as the border between two neighborhoods — Wilson Park to the north and Pen Lucy to the south.

According to police data through May 21, there had been no shootings in the Wilson Park neighborhood and three shootings in Pen Lucy this year. One of those shootings was a homicide.

There were five shootings in the two neighborhoods last year, including a homicide in Pen Lucy.

Anyone with information may call detectives at 410-396-2221 or the Metro Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

jcoburn@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this story.

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