Three men were injured and a woman was killed in two separate shootings Monday night in West Baltimore, prompting recently confirmed Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to call for the community’s support in solving the crimes.
“I will appeal to any resident in the area, anybody who saw anything, anybody who heard anything, anybody who knows anything to please come forward. Call us and let us know what happened,” Harrison said Tuesday.
The first shooting occurred at at 9:18 p.m. in the 800 block of Appleton St. in Midtown Edmondson.
The victims were one woman, 18, and two men, ages 20 and 25. All were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The woman, Taylor Davis, died early Tuesday, police said.
Homicide detectives are investigating.
Neighbors, who declined to give their names, watched police place evidence markers as the wind blew by.
With tears in his eyes, one man said he was related to one of the victims.
Another man said he was eating dinner in his bedroom when he heard the gunshots. “Bbbbdeeerrp, pop, pop, pop.” His daughter and granddaughter had just walked to the store; he put on his coat and ran after them to make sure they were OK.
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People in the area live in constant fear, said another neighbor, sitting on a stoop. On the topic of Harrison’s conformation by Baltimore’s City Council on Monday night, he was cynical. “He guaranteed a contract. We not guaranteed our lives,” he said. “How much are our lives worth?”
Just after 6 p.m., police responded to another shooting in the 500 block of N. Decker Ave. in Ellwood Park. A 26-year-old man was shot in the back and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
“I’m asking and appealing to the people to come forward and help us,” Harrison said.
Harrison said he’s beginning to evaluate how the department handles such investigations. By creating proper oversight, he said, the department will produce “the best possible criminal case against people we know who commit crimes.”
“I want to make the appeal to the police officers to work harder, to work faster, to be smarter, to be stronger, to be more professional, to be more diligent, to be more compassionate and working on all of these cases,” he said.