Officers investigate a fatal shooting in the 200 block of W. Baltimore Street. The victim was found at the bus stop next to the Royal Farms Arena.
Two men were killed in separate, brazen daytime shootings Wednesday afternoon, including one outside Royal Farms Arena in the heart of downtown Baltimore, police said.
A citizen notified a bike officer of a shooting at 12:35 p.m. in the 200 block of Baltimore St., police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said. The man, identified as 20-year-old Khari Johnson of Gwynn Oak, was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Police reported a second shooting hours later, just before 4 p.m., in the 2800 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore. Responding officers initially were unable to locate a victim and learned that he was taken to a local hospital. The man, 29-year-old Dashawn Chambers, was later pronounced dead, police said.
At the downtown shooting scene, evidence markers were placed around a bus stop near Howard and Baltimore streets. Nearby, a table of Ravens football merchandise was left behind. One man who declined to give his name tried to call a friend who he said worked at the table every day.
Carolyn Overby, 55, of West Baltimore, said she was downtown to run some errands but was hurrying back to her parked car after passing the shooting scene.
She was among several people who went by the normally bustling intersection locked by yellow police tape. Police blocked the intersection for several hours as crime scene technicians and detectives took notes. A nearby light rail stop continued to operate.
Overby, who said she’s lived in Baltimore her entire life, said she believes the violence is worse than it has ever been. Wednesday’s homicides mark the 14th and 15th this year. There were 13 at this time last year, which ended with 348 homicides.
Overby said her neighborhood is a quiet residential area, but the shooting in the middle of downtown at lunchtime shows violence can happen anywhere in the city.
A little less than nine hours later, a man was shot in the leg in Baltimore’s Irvington neighborhood.
Officers from the department’s Southeast District responded to a report of a shooting in the 4000 block of Frederick Ave. at about 9:15 p.m. and found a man who’d been shot in the leg, the department wrote in a news release.
He was taken to the hospital to be treated. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2488 or leave tips anonymously at 1-866-7Lockup.