The scene of a shooting along Liberty Heights Avenue in which a firefighter was amongh two shot, police said.
The scene of a shooting along Liberty Heights Avenue in which a firefighter was amongh two shot, police said. (Tom Brenner)

A Baltimore firefighter was among two people shot Friday afternoon near a Northwest Baltimore fire station, police said.

The firefighter was shot in the hand and the second man was struck in the leg; neither wound was life-threatening, said T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. The names of the victims were not released.


The shooting occurred in the 3900 block of Liberty Heights Ave., near the Marion C. Bascom Fire Station.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis called the shooting brazen and arrogant.

"It's unacceptable," he said on the corner of Liberty Heights and Garrison avenues, which was blocked off by yellow crime scene tape as afternoon traffic was rerouted.

Davis said the shooter, whom police have not identified, got into a dispute at a nearby phone store, and when he left started shooting at it. The suspect saw the firefighter, along with a 65-year-old man, and turned and fired at them, Davis said. No shots were fired inside the store.

The suspect ran west down Liberty Heights toward the fire station. Police are asking anyone who can help identify the shooter to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Davis said homicide detectives are investigating because one of the victims was an on-duty city employee.

The city firefighters union said in a Facebook post that it does not believe the firefighter was targeted, and Davis said it is unclear why the suspect fired at the two men.

"We fully intend on exhausting every resource that we have, every relationship that we have with this community to identify him and bring him to justice," Davis said.

Lamont Brown, owner of nearby Town Automatic Transmission, said he heard just one shot over the noise in his shop.

"I saw all these cops and I didn't know what was going on," he said, until a passer-by said a firefighter had been shot. "It's pretty quiet around here."

Brown said he is concerned about the surge in violence across the city in recent months.

"When is it going to stop?" he asked.