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Baltimore police say violent crash, triple shooting in Fells Point bar unrelated

Two people shot in the head, another in foot in triple shooting at a Fells Point restaurant Saturday.

Three men were shot inside a bar and a 27-year-old bystander was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in two separate, unrelated incidents that occured overnight in Fells Point, the Baltimore Police Department said Saturday.

The events — one of which was captured on a gruesome video that circulated widely on social media — left the historic neighborhood, known for its shopping, restaurants and bars, and nightlife, in shock over the level of violence that occured within blocks of each other and less than an hour apart.

"It's horrifying. You never would imagine something like this happening," said Kelley Heuisler, who owns a boutique in Fells Point near where the hit-and-run occurred.

Police spokesman TJ Smith said officers have arrested the man suspected of being the driver in the hit-and-run, which occurred about 2:15 a.m. and was captured in what Smith described as "an absolutely horrific and disgusting video."

The video shows a minivan in the 700 block of South Broadway trying to flee two assailants by ramming into nearby cars and reversing wildly onto a sidewalk.

The van struck a 27-year-old woman who had just left a nearby bar, which police did not identify. She is in the hospital with serious injuries, including broken ribs and skull fractures, Smith said.

Officers arrested Orlando Redd, 37, of Parkville, a few blocks away, Smith said. Redd, who police was under the influence of alcohol at the time, was charged with assault, malicious destruction of property and counts of endangerment, and was issued numerous traffic citations, police said.

Redd did not have an attorney listed in online court records, and his family could not be reached for comment Saturday night.

Police are working to determine if additional charges are warranted and are seeking information about the assailants. They do not know what started the incident, Smith said. He said no other serious injuries have been reported, calling that a "blessing."

"You see that chaotic scene play out and you just hold your breath," he said. "We're fortunate that we're not talking about a much larger tragedy as a result of these reckless acts."

On Saturday morning, parts of Dogwatch Tavern — in the path of the van when it jumped a curb in reverse — were boarded up, as passersby peered at the remnants of the crash. A woman who answered the phone at Dogwatch declined to comment Saturday morning, saying staff members there were waiting for more information.

Police are also looking for information connected to the violence that happened blocks away inside the Santa Clara bar and restaurant, in which two men opened fire, shooting three people — two in the head.

Homicide detectives were investigating Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, two of the men who were shot in the head remained in the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, the other in stable condition. The third, who was shot in the foot, declined treament.

Police did not identify anyone involved in the incident, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. inside the restaurant, located at Fleet and Bond streets. Police said they did not have information about the motives of the shooters, who fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

The Santa Clara bar and restaurant was open Saturday, but those inside said they weren't there when the incident unfolded. The owner was not available for comment.

"It's a coincidence that they happened in close proximity, but neither has anything to do with the other," Smith said.

City Councilman James B. Kraft, who represents the area, called the events "a tragedy." He said additional officers have been on patrol after recent incidents involving rowdy bar patrons. Because the shooting and hit-and-run happened within a short period of time, had officers not been busy with the shooting, he said, officers would have been able to interject sooner during the hit-and-run.

"We really do believe, at least police believe, if the shooting hadn't occurred, then the road rage wouldn't have occurred because police would have been down there," he said.

Kraft said he hopes Fells Point's visitors will see that the incident was isolated.

"It's not a crime wave. It's a series of incidents that occurred in a limit period time, not a continuing pattern of behavior, but it's very hard to convey that," he said.

Kraft said that on Saturday morning, he had already heard from some businesses and plans to have a community meeting to discuss how to prevent a similar incident in the future.

Heuisler, who owns the Poppy and Stella boutique across from Dogwatch, said the city and the Fells Point community "tend to rally around our neighbors."

She said she didn't personally know the woman who was struck but created a GoFundMe page to raise money for her. Within three hours, 458 people had raised more than $15,000, according to the site.

"We try and look out for each other," she said. "I know they are going to have a lot ahead of them."

The triple shooting followed another shooting a few blocks away that occurred Friday afternoon, in which a 37-year-old man was shot in the stomach. He told police the incident occurred in the 400 block of S. Castle Street, near a Royal Farms in Upper Fells Point.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Smith said police were grateful to the person who recorded the video of the hit-and-run and expect it to help in the investigation.

Also on Saturday, police identified two people killed Friday.

Eric Dorsey, 42, was shot and killed about 9 a.m. Friday in the 3900 block of Penhurst Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

Sabrina Kelly, 53, was shot in the head about 2:20 p.m. inside a home in the 1000 block of East North Avenue. She later died of the injuries.

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