A man was found injured in the Mondawmin Mall parking lot after one of three separate shootings in West Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, police said.
Police believe the man was shot in the 2300 block of Liberty Heights Ave., across the street from the mall, and then ran into the mall’s parking lot — much of which was taped off as a crime scene, along with part of the nearby Metro Subway station, for hours.
The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, police said.
Roxanne Williamson and her daughter Shawntrese Barksdale arrived at Mondawmin Metro Station on a bus from Reisterstown Plaza after the shooting nearby to find the escalators to the subway platform closed. MTA and city police instead directed them to walk around the taped-off bus loop to wait for the elevator down to the train. The transit center was cordoned off for hours.
“We were like ‘What’s going on?’ ” said Williamson, 52, of East Baltimore.
“When you see that yellow tape, you know what’s going on,” Barksdale, 18, interjected. They stood and waited as the doors opened and the crammed elevator, full of incoming riders, emptied.
“There’s just too much shooting,” Williamson said.
Tawanda Thompson rolled a stroller off the elevator and sighed as she saw the crime scene tape fluttering in the parking lot. “We can’t even get in the mall?” she asked aloud.
Police said the mall was not evacuated, and it remained open despite the crime scene in the parking lot. Thompson had brought her four children, Diamond, 8; Destiny, 7; DaShaun, 3; and Jay, 9 months, from Latrobe Court in East Baltimore, to do some after-Christmas shopping. When they got off the train, she said, an officer informed them of the shooting and told them they would have to wait for the elevator because the escalator was closed.
“It’s sickening,” said Thompson, 27. “The kids can’t even come out to enjoy themselves on Christmas break.”
The shooting came on the same day that Marshalls announced that it is closing its Mondawmin Mall location in January.
Two other shootings happened elsewhere in West Baltimore later in the afternoon, police said.
Less than an hour later, at 1:37 p.m., a 27-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds in the 900 block of N. Bentalou St. in Bridgeview/Greenlawn, police said. Detectives believe the shooting followed an argument, but they did not share a suspect description.
At 2:12 p.m., officers were called to the 2000 block of Penrose Ave., where they found a man shot in the arm, police said. He was taken to a hospital, and no further details were released.
Detectives from the Citywide Shooting Unit are investigating, and anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.