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Deborah Yah Yisrael, who owns Deborah’s Market at 27 S. Fulton Ave., said Tuesday that a shooting the day before and a block away from her corner store was the third violent incident in the past seven months either at her business or within easy walking distance.

Baltimore Police said a 73-year-old woman was shot around 11:30 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Hollins St., near Bon Secours Hollins Terrace, a senior apartment complex where she lives. Police in the department’s Southern District said the woman was shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital; they have not provided updates on her condition.

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Two people of interest in the shooting were arrested Monday, said police, who have offered no other details about the incident, the arrests or their or the victim’s identity.

“I feel sorry for her because she didn’t deserve that. She did not do anything to go through that,” Yisrael said. “If those guys had problems, they need to take their issues somewhere else where innocent people do not die or have to suffer.”

Deborah Yah Yisrael, owner of Deborah's Market, expressed concern after one of her customers was injured in a shooting Monday, Jan. 6, 2019.
Deborah Yah Yisrael, owner of Deborah's Market, expressed concern after one of her customers was injured in a shooting Monday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Phillip Jackson)

Other residents of the senior apartment complex said the woman was injured in crossfire. The residents, who asked not to be identified for their safety, said the woman had been living there for only three months before the shooting.

The shooting occurred in the Franklin Square neighborhood, near its border with Carrollton Ridge on the city’s southwest side. A dozen people were shot last year in Carrollton Ridge, which also experienced a spate of fires in vacant homes, some of which were investigated as arson.

The violence has reached all the way into Yisrael’s corner store. In one incident, Yisrael said she was approached inside the shop by two men with guns and another time one of her customers was robbed outside. Despite the violence in and near her shop, elderly residents still visit there often.

Yisrael said the woman who was injured in Monday’s shooting shopped there often and bought Skittles every other day.

Yisrael fears that if she tried to move her store, the senior citizens in her neighborhood would not have a nearby market.

“They cannot walk a long distance. They always come here because this is the closest store to them,” she said.

Staff members working in the Bon Secours housing complex were not available for comment.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Southern District detectives at 410-396-2499 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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