One person was killed and another injured in an outbreak of gun violence as six reports of shots fired were confirmed in Annapolis over the weekend, according to city police.
At around 10 p.m., Saturday, officers found city resident Amari Tydings, 26, on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Pronounced dead at the scene, she became the third Annapolis homicide victim this year whose death is being investigated by city police. No suspects were announced.
The night before, around 11 p.m., Tayshon Deshields was shot in the chest near Frederick Douglass and Medgar Evers streets and taken to an area hospital. Police said two homes had been struck by gunfire, though no other injuries were reported.
Deshields, 27, was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical but stable condition, police said, adding their investigation is “fluid and ongoing.”
Detectives ask anyone with information on both shootings contact 410-260-3439 or make an anonymous tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Along with those two shootings, there were four other reports of shots fired throughout the city.
Two occurred on Frederick Douglass and President streets, near where Friday’s shooting took place. Police report reviewing surveillance footage recorded just before 7:30 a.m., Sunday, and seeing an unidentified person walk to the corner of the block, fire one shot in the air and walk toward Tyler Avenue. Early Monday morning, police responded to a report of shots fired at approximately 12:24 a.m. A search did not find any evidence a gun had been fired, according to the news release.
Additionally, just after midnight Saturday morning, police responded to the 600 block of Severn Island Court, where they found a house had been damaged by a bullet. An hour later, officers arrived at the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, about a mile from where the first incident occurred and found evidence that a vehicle had been struck by gunfire. Both of those investigations are “fluid and ongoing,” police said.
Annapolis Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles said the community had experienced a “series of horrendous acts” this weekend, adding she believes city police will “work very diligently and doggedly” to find those responsible and hold them accountable.
“Public safety affects everyone, especially our children who deserve to be able to enjoy all of life’s positive experiences and opportunities in and outside of our city without fear or lasting trauma,” Pindell-Charles said.
“Everyone wants safe neighborhoods – our residents, businesses, and visitors. Otherwise, everyone’s quality of life suffers, fear becomes the norm, personal health is negatively affected, and commerce will take a downturn.”