Pregnant woman, unborn child among those killed on violent Easter weekend in Baltimore

A pregnant woman and her unborn child were shot to death in a domestic dispute on Easter Sunday in Baltimore, police said.

Gunshots were reported at about 3:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Claybury Avenue, and responding officers found evidence of a shooting but no victim, police said. More than two hours later, at 5:40 p.m., the woman was found outside a city hospital with gunshot wounds to her body, police said. The woman and the baby died from their injuries, police said.

The woman was later identified by police Monday as Shahidah Barnes, 28.

Police did not identify a suspect, but authorities said they have a person of interest in the case.

It came during a violent weekend in which three other people were killed and nine people were wounded in shootings across the city beginning Saturday, according to police.

At about 12:50 a.m., a 30-year-old man drove himself to an area hospital after being shot in the foot by an unidentified suspect in the 800 block of Vine Street in Poppleton.

Two men were injured in separate shootings about 25 minutes apart on either side of the city Sunday night, police said. A man was shot in the side about 9:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore's Johnston Square neighborhood, police said. The other was shot in the leg about 9:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Appleton Street in Midtown Edmondson on the west side, police said. Both men were taken to hospitals.

About 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the arm and leg during a hold-up at a carry-out restaurant in Southeast Baltimore, police said. The victim was working at the carry-out in the 1600 block of Bank Street when two suspects walked in and announced a robbery, police said. One of the suspects had a gun and shot the victim during the robbery, police said. The victim's condition was not released, nor were any further details.

Other victims over the weekend included a 57-year-old man killed in an attempted robbery, a 28-year-old man fatally shot in the head near an East Baltimore elementary school and a 90-year-old woman grazed by a bullet.

A man was shot multiple times and killed Sunday afternoon in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Baltimore, police said. Officers were called shortly after 12:30 p.m. to the shooting in the 4100 block of 6th Street. The wounded man was taken to the hospital, where he died. He was identified by police as 25-year-old Michael Wise, of the same street.

The 28-year-old was shot shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of N. Caroline Street in the Oliver neighborhood of East Baltimore, police said. They said an unknown gunman walked up and opened fire. The victim, later identified as 28-year-old Mario Jones of the 1200 block of Federal Street, died at a hospital, police said.

Then at 1:45 a.m., officers were called to the Broadway East neighborhood. Police said a 53-year-old man was shot in his stomach in the 1800 block of E. Lafayette Ave. He was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

About an hour later, a 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg in the 4500 block of Erdman Ave. in East Baltimore. He was hospitalized in good condition, police said.

Those shootings followed three on Saturday.

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old man checked himself into Good Samaritan Hospital with a gunshot wound in his lower back, police said. The man was expected to survive. Detectives have not determined where he was shot, police said.

About two hours later, a 57-year-old man was shot and killed during a robbery in Cherry Hill, police said. Officers were called to the 800 block of Bridgeview Road at 5:45 p.m. Saturday for the shooting. He was later identified by police as 57-year-old Phillip Bradford of the 2800 block of North Denham Circle.

Next, two people were wounded in a double shooting around 7:15 p.m. in West Baltimore, police said. Officers called to the 1800 block of Harlem Ave. found a 56-year-old man shot in the leg and the 90-year-old woman grazed in the foot by a ricochet.

Both victims were hospitalized in good condition, police said. Detectives believe the shooting began with an argument.

Police asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Baltimore Sun reporter Catherine Rentz contributed to this article.

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