A 4- or 5-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso in what Baltimore police say was an “accidental” shooting Wednesday in a neighborhood near Pimlico Race Course.
Police spokeswoman Det. Nicole Monroe said officers responded to a shooting on the 3300 block of Menlo Drive around 6:22 p.m.
Monroe described the scene as “frantic” after officers found the girl, who lives at the home, shot in the torso.
The spokeswoman said the shooting “appears to be accidental,” but did not have details as to whether the girl accidentally shot herself or whether the gunshot was caused by another family member.
Monroe added that the shooting happened inside the home, but did not have details as to who else was inside the house at the time.
“We do know it was an accident. We just don’t know how that accident transpired,” she said.
The girl was responsive at the scene, Monroe said, and she was taken to a local hospital where she was in stable condition Wednesday night.
The incident took place near the racetrack in what others described as a quiet residential neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore. Children could be seen walking on the sidewalks past single-family homes in the surrounding neighborhoods while police interviewed witnesses nearby.
Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, who was at the scene, described it as a “great” and “quiet” neighborhood that rarely has incidents like Wednesday’s.
“It’s just a great, stable neighborhood,” Schleifer said. “The neighborhood is just one big family.”
“There are neighbors and others who are crying up the block and who are just emotional, as we all are,” he added. “Especially when a child gets shot, obviously in an accidental situation, there’s still a child in the hospital fighting to recover, so it’s scary for all of us.”
It was one of five shootings in the city Wednesday.
Around 2:27 p.m, police responded to a report of a man who had walked into a local hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the department wrote on social media.
The department wrote on social media the man was shot in the area of the 3000 block of E. 30th St. in the Better Waverly neighborhood.
At 7:13 p.m., officers heard gunshots while in the area of Eutaw and Saratoga streets, the department wrote.
Police said they found a woman who had been shot in the back in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St. She was taken to a local hospital to be treated.
Anyone with information on these incidents can call 410-396-2221 or leave an anonymous tip at 866-756-2587.
At about 10:41 p.m., Eastern District patrol officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of N. Chester St. in Broadway East to investigate a reported shooting.
They discovered three shooting victims. A 21 year-old female and a unidentified male died as a result of their injuries. A 19-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Eight minutes earlier, at about 10:33 p.m., Southwest District patrol officers were dispatched to the 400 block of S. Bentalou St. in Millhill to investigate a reported shooting.
Officers discovered an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. A medic was summoned and transported the victim to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The victim was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
Homicide detectives responded to both locations and assumed control of the investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can use the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 866-7LOCKUP.