Man killed, woman grazed in Baltimore double shooting

A man was killed and a woman was grazed in a double shooting in Baltimore Highlands Sunday night.

A 38-year-old man was killed and a 29-year-old woman was grazed in a double shooting in Southeast Baltimore Sunday night, police said.

The shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. in the 3400 block of E. Baltimore St. in Baltimore Highlands, police said. The man was shot in the chest, and the woman was grazed in the neck.

Police did not identify either victim or put out a suspect description in the double shooting.

The killing, Baltimore's 302nd of the year, continues a months-long spike in homicides. Not since the 1990s — when Baltimore had a much larger population — has the city had more than 300 homicides. That grisly milestone was hit Saturday, and three other people were injured in daytime shootings earlier Sunday.

At the current pace, the city could have about 340 homicides this year.

Sunday night, detectives on the block knocked on doors to interview neighbors, while crime scene technicians took pictures of the spot in the middle of the block where the shooting happened.

People went in and out of a few bars in the area, craning their necks to see past police cars as they smoked cigarettes or milled around on the sidewalk.

Barbara Coburn, 35, said the male victim, nicknamed "Black," was a friend she would see in the block nearly every day. He had bought her some chicken for dinner just hours earlier, she said.

"He would help anybody," she said.

DeAndre Carroll, 40, a bouncer at Paradise Inn, a bar on the block, said he didn't hear the gunshots but stepped outside when he saw police lights.

Carroll said he has worked at the bar for about six years and in the neighborhood twice as long. He said he dealt drugs and was shot more than once before turning his life around.

"You get older," he said. "I saw it's no future in it."

Baltimore's young men need guidance, Carroll said, and he wishes older people in the neighborhood would stand up to young troublemakers. In Edmondson Village, where he grew up, Carroll said, "neighbors could say something to you" about your behavior.

"I know they want to use the excuse of being in an urban community, but it's a lack of us doing something," he said. "Everybody wants to blame it on society, but it's not just society, it's you."

A 21-year-old was killed in the 200 block of N. Conkling St. in the same neighborhood in August.

Anyone with information on Sunday night's shooting can call 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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