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'The gun is in the house': Woman seemed shocked after allegedly shooting boy and mother, Baltimore police say

The Baltimore Sun

After a Baltimore woman allegedly opened fire on a mother and son at a Cherry Hill playground Thursday, police on the scene say they heard her utter that she could not believe what she had done.

Nichole George, 31, of the 900 block of Seagull Ave., is charged with several counts of attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and handgun violations, according to police. George does not have an attorney listed in court records.

In charging documents, police say an 11-year-old boy and his 34-year-old mother were spending Thursday evening in the playground across the street from where George lived. George allegedly approached the 11-year-old and struck up a conversation before police say she fired a revolver at him and his mother.

Police do not believe George had a relationship with the victims.

Both victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment. The boy, who was shot in the head and the hand, was taken into surgery and was listed Friday in critical but stable condition. His mother, who was shot in the head, was listed in stable condition Friday, according to police.

After George allegedly shot the mother and son, she got into her white 2017 Toyota Corolla and left the scene, police say in charging documents. She allegedly returned to the scene a short time later and went inside her residence. Witnesses told police where George lived and she was taken into custody, charging documents state.

George allegedly told detectives “the gun is in the house” and “you’ll see it.” Police searched the home and found two black boots beneath the sink of a second floor bathroom. The left boot contained a box of cartridges and three spent casings. Tucked in the right boot was a revolver, which contained six live cartridges, according to charging documents.

George does not appear to be prohibited from owning firearms and the one recovered from her home was not reported stolen, according to police.

After police arrested George, she allegedly became combative with officers and was taken to Central Booking and Intake Center.

Those with information are asked to call detectives at 410-396-2221 or leave an anonymous tip with Metro Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-7lockup.

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