When the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland decided where to hang a brightly colored mural symbolizing peace, the nonprofit's leaders chose the Broadway East neighborhood.
They chose to hang the 24-panel art piece depicting a disparate group of individuals who wind up holding hands and working together outside Collington Square Elementary/Middle School in East Baltimore in order to send a message to "one of the deadlier parts of the community," said Roclande White, director of The Club at Collington Square an after-school and summer program.
The mural was unveiled on Monday in front of elementary students, a city councilman, nonprofit workers and community leaders after a moment of silence for those killed around Baltimore this summer — a summer marked by a surge in shootings and homicides that have alarmed city leaders.
Early Tuesday, about six blocks away from the new peace mural in the same neighborhood, a man was fatally shot and another injured.
Officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 1800 block of East Lanvale Street at about 2:24 a.m. and found the two men each suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said. Both were transported to area hospitals.
One of the men was pronounced dead at about 4:45 a.m., police said. The second man was reported to be in "stable" condition.
Neither had been publicly identified as of Tuesday morning. Residents who live near the corner of North Wolfe and East Lanvale streets said a man in a wheelchair was the person injured. He was shot in an alley off Lanvale that was strewn with litter including liquor bottles, torn charcoal bags and an empty package of cigars that feature the silhouette of a stripper on a pole.
The man who was killed fell at the nearby street corner outside an abandoned red-brick corner store. That site was guarded by a Baltimore police officer on Tuesday morning.
Residents declined to be identified out of fear of reprisal for speaking publicly.
Police said a preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect came onto the 1800 block of E. Lanvale St. and shot multiple times at the victims. No suspect has been identified. Anyone with information about the Tuesday morning shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.