Two women were stabbed in the 200 block of South Broadway yesterday afternoon and their alleged attacker was shot and critically wounded by a store owner armed with a .45-caliber pistol, Baltimore police reported.
Police identified the knife-wielding man as Harry Hope, 38, of the 600 block of N. Glover St. The stabbings, which were apparently sparked by an argument, occurred about 1 p.m. in an area just north of Fells Point.
Mr. Hope underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition last night.
During the incident, Mr. Hope's girlfriend, Linda Oxendine, 35, of the 200 block of Aisquith St., suffered numerous stab wounds in the chest, head and shoulders, according to city homicide Detective Vernon Holley.
Mia Williams, 26, of the 1400 block of N. Potomac St., the other stabbing victim, suffered wounds in the upper right shoulder, Detective Holley said.
The women were also taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Ms. Oxendine was listed in critical condition last night and Ms. Williams was released after treatment.
After the women were stabbed, Sandy Mandel, 43, the owner of the Bike & Trike shop at 235 South Broadway, ran outside to assist them, Detective Holley said.
Armed with his licensed .45-caliber handgun, Mr. Mandel chased the alleged assailant, ordering him to surrender, police said.
The chase lasted less than a block before Mr. Hope allegedly stopped and turned toward Mr. Mandel and made "threatening gestures," with the knife, Detective Holley said.
As the two stood in front of the Goodwill Retail Store at 200 South Broadway, Mr. Mandel fired, and the heavy .45-caliber slug knocked Mr. Hope to the sidewalk, police said.
Police said the the bullet passed through Mr. Hope's body, but it was unclear whether the entrance wound was in his chest or his back.
Michael Kreis, who claims to have witnessed the shooting from a nearby second-floor window, alleged that Mr. Hope had been shot in the back. "He just said, 'Stop, or I'll shoot!' And then he shot him. I couldn't believe it," Mr. Kreis said.
City police spokesman Sam Ringgold said no charges have been filed against Mr. Mandel, although the incident remains under investigation.
"It appears, at this time, that he [Mr. Mandel] feared for his life and he was trying to protect himself," Mr. Ringgold said.
Mr. Mandel's version of the shooting was upheld by other witnesses, according to Mr. Ringgold.
Assault charges against Mr. Hope are pending, Mr. Ringgold said.
At the scene yesterday, where more than a dozen people gathered around the blood-stained sidewalk where Mr. Hope was shot, witnesses were confused about what happened.
"I heard screaming and then somebody yelling to halt or I'll shoot," said one woman.
Mr. Kreis said the shooting was probably justified "but it was still crazy. He didn't have to run after him and start shooting."