Neighbor Tony Jordan watched them through a chain-link fence. He didn't know the victim, but Jordan was the same age as him, 16, when he, himself, was shot up decades ago. He lifted his shirt to reveal the scars on his belly; one bullet is still lodged in his side. It only bothers him, he says, in bad weather.
Jordan, 48, said as violence has increased, people in the area have grown more and more accustomed to hearing gunshots.
Ray Glasgow III, a 17-year-old football and lacrosse standout at the Baltimore City College high school, was killed in a shooting in East Baltimore on Saturday night — just two days before the Black Knights were set to play Mervo in the city’s Division A lacrosse championship.
"Now when you hear shots you don't even really pay attention," he said. "It's part of everyday life."
Today, Jordan said, his own daughter often plays at that basketball court. But after the shooting Tuesday night, he said, "She won't be back up here, that's for sure."
Elsewhere Tuesday evening, a 31-year-old man was shot in the city. He went to an area hospital for treatment. Police were called around 5:40 p.m., and investigators are working to determine where in the city the shooting happened.
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Later, a 23-year-old man was shot in the arm and went to an area hospital for treatment. Police were called around 9:50 p.m. and believe the victim was in the 700 block of Mura St. in Johnston Square when he was shot.