It was hot, and people were everywhere outside — on the sidewalk, on stoops, on the benches in the corner playground. Little kids played with water guns, climbed on a jungle gym, chased one another down the block.
Gunfire had burst out around 5:45 p.m. Friday, in the middle of it all in West Baltimore, and now cops were everywhere, too.
About an hour before that, across town in East Baltimore, a man had been stabbed to death. A couple hours after, another man would be shot to death in Northwest Baltimore.
A Friday evening in summer was just beginning in Charm City.
Police said a 55-year-old man was shot in the shoulder about 5:45 p.m. Two officers were in the...