Baltimore Police said a 31-year-old woman who was shot in West Baltimore on Wednesday night has died from her injuries.
Authorities said they were called to the 1600 block of W. North Ave. in the Penn North neighborhood around 6 p.m. for a ShotSpotter alert. Responding officers found Melissa Brown with wounds to her neck and chest.
On Thursday afternoon, Lavon Price, an aunt of Brown’s kids who also served as a motherly figure for Brown, found the killing unfathomable.
“All I keep saying is Missy? Missy?” Price said. “She didn’t really like being around a lot of people."
Price’s family took in Brown in 2009 after the woman’s relationship with her mother became strained. The Prices became her family, she said.
Brown and her two children, a 3-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, lived at Price’s home. Price, 41, said Brown, who went by the nickname “Missy,” would often spend much of her time with her kids. Brown cooked meals in Price’s home and even helped throw Price a surprise birthday party.
The family was shocked to find out that Brown was killed. No motive for Brown’s killing has been released by police yet, although Price and others think it was an issue of mistaken identity by the person who shot her.
Brown’s 12-year-old daughter, Raniyah Banks, broke down in tears recounting the close relationship she had with her mother.
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“She would make me laugh,” Banks said, tears streaming down her face. “I never would have thought that she would leave like that."
Price said members from the group No One Left Unhelped Inc., a youth organization for children who lost a parent or someone close to them to gun violence, were planning to meet with Banks.
Police have provided few details about the killing, but believe the shooting occurred in the 1800 block of N. Carey St.
Four hours later, police were called to West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood for another shooting.
There they found a 39-year-old man who was shot in the leg in the 800 block of N. Fulton Ave. He was taken to an area hospital, and authorities said he is “expected to make a full recovery.”
Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information regarding either incident to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.