Arrest made in double shooting in North Baltimore

Police said Thursday they have arrested Eric Ford Sr. in connection with a double shooting in North Baltimore that wounded his 4-year-old son and the child's 33-year-old mother.

Police believe the shooting Wednesday was a domestic dispute. Ford, 26, was the woman's boyfriend, police said.

Police responded to the 900 block of Gorsuch Avenue in the city's Better Waverly neighborhood about 9:20 p.m. and found the woman shot in the torso area, under her armpit, and the boy shot in the hip, said Sgt. Anthony Smith, a police spokesman.

The woman had injuries consistent with a physical assault as well.

Neither the boy's nor the mother's injuries were considered life-threatening, Smith said. Neither was identified. According to court records, Ford was being sought on a warrant, for a 2008 probation violation stemming from a 2007 assault conviction. He was arrested May 1 on that warrant, but failed to appear at a Sept. 18 court hearing, records show.

Smith said the shootings occurred in the woman's home. Neighbors late Wednesday said they hadn't heard any shots.

As police detectives chatted behind police tape, Mekia Pace, who has lived in the neighborhood for four years, watched from the dark, tree-lined sidewalk of nearby Homestead Street.

"I'm ready to move from here," Pace said, noting violence in the area has left her afraid to come home at night. "It used to be quiet around here, but now all these young guys on the corner are taking over."

Marsha Johnson, a longtime resident of Homestead Street who was waiting to be allowed to get to her car behind the police tape so she could go to her late shift as a nursing assistant, said the double shooting hit "too close to home."

Police patrols are too infrequent in the neighborhood, she said.

"I'm a taxpayer, and it burns me up," she said. "They only come around every blue moon."

Pace agreed.

"More police patrols around here would be nice. We'd feel safer," she said.

Earlier in the day, a man was found dead nearby in the 3600 block of Old York Road. Police believe he was shot during an argument the night before, but was found in his basement around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Police were also investigating a separate incident in Southwest Baltimore in which a man who had been shot walked into an area hospital, police said.

Police were dispatched to the hospital about 6:36 p.m., where the man told them he'd been shot near the intersection of Ashton and South Catherine streets, police said.

That location is at the rear of the Westside Shopping Center, in the city's Millhill neighborhood.

On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man was shot and slashed in the Broadway East neighborhood.

Officers responded about 2:30 p.m. to the 1400 block of North Milton Street, near East Hoffman Street, to find the victim lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound in the back and lacerations to his face and forehead, police said. He was transported to an area hospital.

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