Sharon Brown, who runs a daycare center near where police say a toddler was injured in a shooting, reacts to the incident. (Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun video)
A 21-year-old man and a 19-month-old boy were injured in a shooting in Southwest Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The man drove himself and the boy to Sinai Hospital about 1 p.m. after the shooting, which followed an argument in the 4700 block of Amberley Ave., police said.
The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with a graze wound to his body, police said. The man was treated at Sinai for a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Police did not release either of their names. The black BMW the man drove to Sinai was towed from the hospital’s entrance later Wednesday afternoon.
At least two at-home day care centers operate within blocks of the shooting, said neighbor Sharon Brown, who owns one at the corner of Frederick Avenue and South Beechfield Avenue. She was inside during Wednesday’s shooting and didn’t know the child who was injured. But she walks with her children around the street every day, and said it’s her biggest fear that something like that would happen when she’s with her kids.
“I don’t want to be fearful” and stay inside, she said, but “this is just too close to home. It really concerns and scares me.”
Another neighbor, Nadine Givens, was at work while the shooting happened. “I just hope the baby’s OK,” she said. While shootings have happened near corner stores up the street, she said, violence is rarer on the block she’s called home for more than 40 years. “These are good corners right here,” Givens said.
The 19-month-old is the latest young child to be victimized by gun violence in the city.
In a tragic coincidence, 5-year-old Amy Hayes was injured by a stray bullet on a sidewalk in West Baltimore in November, four months after her half-sister, Taylor Hayes, 7, was fatally shot while riding in the back seat of a car on the city’s southwest side last summer.
Just over a week after Amy was shot, another stray bullet grazed 3-year-old Darrell Rice’s arm in East Baltimore. He was treated and released, but his mother, Francsola Rice, said the incident made him scared to return home.
In a separate incident earlier Wednesday, a 34-year-old man arrived at a hospital about 10:45 a.m. after being shot in the hand, police said. He told officers he had been shot by an unknown person in the 5300 block of Sinclair Lane in Northeast Baltimore’s Frankford neighborhood.
Anyone with information in either shooting is asked to call 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.