Michael Richardson was outside talking to neighbors Tuesday night when he heard the gunfire on nearby Lyndale Avenue.
“You live in Baltimore and you are used to it. You could be standing in front of the [police] district and bullets will be flying,” said Richardson, 26, who sat on a nearby stoop the day after a quadruple shooting killed two in Northeast Baltimore.
Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, an officer on patrol saw people running from the street after hearing gunfire in the 3200 block of Lyndale Avenue. Four victims were found — two men were pronounced dead at the scene; two other men were taken to an area hospital.
Police said Angelo West, 42, of the 4700 block of Hampnett Avenue in Lauraville, and Charles Hamilton, 39, of the 1300 block of Canberra Drive in Essex, were pronounced dead at the scene. They are among several victims this week. Six people have been killed since Sunday.
Two other men — a 26-year-old who had been shot in the abdomen and a 25-year-old who had been shot in the leg — were were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive their injuries, police said.
Family of West and Hamilton could not be reached Wednesday. No suspect information was available Wednesday morning.
By late Wednesday morning, the crime scene east of Belair Road had been cleared except for a small scrap of yellow police tape in front of a brick rowhome with boarded up windows at the corner of Lyndale and St. Cloud avenues. Police officers in marked cruisers and SUVs passed the intersection regularly.
Richardson watched as TV cameramen shot video of the passing police cars, and other vehicles slowed to survey the area. He said many residents would be outside on their porches on a warm day but many elderly were scared by the recent shooting.
“It’s the guns, not even the drugs,” that scare people away, he said. “Bullets ain’t got no name.”
Richardson said he didn’t know what caused the shooting, but said he suspected outside perpetrators. “They come and chill in the hood and they bring their beef up here.”
He described the neighborhood as close-knit but no neighborhood in the city is immune to the violence, which has spiked this year.
So far, Baltimore has had 264 homicides this year, and 29 this month.
A man was shot around 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lafayette Avenue in West Baltimore. The 27-year-old was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Another man was shot in the head around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, near Rose Hill Avenue and Old York Road in the Pen Lucy neighborhood. Police said the victim, a 56-year-old man, was taken to an area hospital and is in good condition.
At 2 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Harman Avenue in Morrell Park where a 27-year old man had been shot. Police said he was shot by an unknown suspect in the 1900 block of Harman Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Police on Wednesday also identified several victims of recent homicides. Michael Blevins, 24, was shot Saturday in the 700 block of Newington Avenue in Reservoir Hill, and died the next day, police said. Sean White, 23, was killed Monday in a shooting in the 1100 E. 20th Street in East Baltimore; and Gerry Hall, 41, of the 2000 block of Kennedy Avenue, was killed Monday in a separate shooting in the 2400 Barclay Street in Barclay.
Homicide detectives are investigating, and anyone with information about any of the recent shootings is asked to call 410-396-2100. Anonymous tips can be called in to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or texted to 443-902-4842.