Two children, 1 and 2 years old, a woman and two men were shot in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood in South Baltimore on Friday night, Baltimore Police said.
All the victims are in stable condition at area hospitals, the police said, after the shooting that left nearby residents and passersby upset and tearful.
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, in Detroit at a conference, said by phone that he’s been in touch with Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
“It’s upsetting to me, and I’m sure it’s upsetting to the law-abiding citizens of Baltimore, this level of violence,” the mayor said.
Rhonda Orndoff, 38, said a crowd gathered around one woman who’d been shot, encouraging her to stay alive. Another woman, holding one of the injured children, knelt next to her, Orndoff said.
“Everybody was just rushing to her because she was on the ground, and there was a boy holding her head in his hands, telling her, ‘Don’t give up, the baby needs you,’ ” Orndoff said.
On rowhouse steps, on corners, people shook their heads as they watched police put down evidence markers outside the Busy Bee corner market at South Monroe Street and Ramsay Street and string yellow crime tape in an ever-widening perimeter.
“Two babies,” people kept saying.
“I mean, who does that?” Orndoff said.
As City Councilman Brandon Scott wrote on Twitter: “All shootings are tragic but the shooting of our babies are the most heinous. We must track down the individuals responsible now. Police, Elected Officials, Community all working together. We can't accept or become comfortable with this type of cowardice.”
Police had been dispatched at approximately 8:21 p.m. to the 1900 block of Ramsay to investigate a reported shooting.
When officers arrived, they found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Medics were summoned and transported an adult female shot in the neck, a 2-year-old shot in the torso and a 1-year-old shot in the leg. They were taken to area hospitals.
“It’s devastating. I have children myself,” said Chad Turner, 30, who lives nearby and has a 9-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twin boys.
Young said the shooting heightens the need for the community to get engaged and help police by sharing any information they might have.
“We have to be resilient,” he said. “We have to make sure that we start telling what we see.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Baltimore Police Department Citywide Shooting detectives, at 410-396-2221.