Elderly siblings shot outside West Baltimore carryout, police seek suspect

Police: "What we found here is just unconscionable."

Baltimore's violent weekend spilled into Monday, when an elderly woman and her brother were shot outside a west-side carryout on a sunny afternoon.

Stray gunfire hit both the man, 82, and his sister, who is in her 90s, in the legs, police said.

"He said it was a hail of bullets," said April Ryan, who was with the victims at the hospital. She said the siblings were her uncle, Hogan McGill, and his sister, Martha Gilliard.

"It's shaken us," she said. "No one is immune to this violence. You would think it would happen to younger people."

The siblings were expected to survive, said T.J. Smith, a Baltimore police spokesman.

"There's nowhere in this world that two elderly people should be victim to this type of violence," Smith said. "What we found here is just unconscionable."

About 1 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 3400 block of Clifton Ave. near Garrison Boulevard. Gunshots were reported from Walbrook Junction Shopping Center. Smith said police were still seeking suspects Monday night. The two victims were not the intended targets of the shooting, he said.

Ryan described her uncle's account of what happened. "He said ... all of a sudden he heard a 'boom, boom, boom,'" she said. "He said he felt something hit his leg and then Martha fell. Everybody was running and screaming and hollering."

Customers screamed and backed away from the windows at ACE Cash Express.

James Toure was stocking shelves at Liberty Buys Inc. and said he froze. "It was 'boom, boom, boom,'" he said. "It was loud. Maybe five or six times. I couldn't move."

Robert Brice was leaving the Fibus Pharmacy. "It just happened so quick, I didn't duck or nothing," he said. "There were so many people running around. I didn't know anybody got hit."

Nearby Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy-West was locked down with its more than 400 students. The children were dismissed on time.

The shooting followed a violent weekend when five people were killed in the city. Four were shot and one was stabbed to death.

Violence began Saturday afternoon with a double shooting in the Bridgeview-Greenlawn neighborhood of West Baltimore. A 20-year-old and 15-year-old were shot outside the Raven Mart corner store. Both were killed.

"It's not a weekend we were proud of," Smith said Monday.

He urged witnesses to Monday's shooting to call detectives at 410-396-2221. Police released a photo asking the public to help identify a suspect.

"There are rules of engagement, and elderly people are off-limits," Smith said.

McGill had driven and picked up his sister to run errands Monday afternoon, Ryan said. The siblings parked and stepped out for lunch, she said. Then came the gunfire.

Across Garrison Boulevard, Musa Kaikah, a practicing Muslim, said he had finished his afternoon prayers above his brother's salon and rushed to the window. The police arrived and Kaikah walked to the scene.

"The lady was in the street, and the man was sitting," he said. "Police were wrapping a bandage on her."

Kaikah said he came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone more than a decade ago. Now he helps his brother manage the salon, Fouta African Hair Braiding.

"Since I moved here, the killing, it's too much," he said. "I want to go back."

At the scene, a firefighter unrolled a hose and washed away the blood in the street.

tprudente@baltsun.com

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