Man shot within a block of West Baltimore elementary school, prompting lockdown

A man was shot Friday within a block of Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore, a police department spokeswoman said.

Police confirmed that a 39-year-old man was shot about 10 a.m in the 300 block of North Stricker Street.

A school police officer heard the shots and the school was put on lockdown after the shooting, according to Edie House Foster, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore public school system.The school is in the 200 block of North Stricker.

House Foster said no one at the school or Vivien T. Thomas High School, two blocks south of the shooting scene, was hurt.

“Everybody’s fine,” she said.

House Foster said the lockdown was lifted at 10:36 a.m.

Police said the victim, who had gunshot wounds to the chest and leg, was taken to a hospital for treatment. A preliminary investigation found he was getting out of a vehicle when he was shot by an unidentified suspect.

Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa and newly named Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle visited the scene, concerned the shooting could be related to the fatal shooting of a mother and daughter in a home invasion last week. They were to be buried Friday.

The two commanders said information about Friday’s shooting would be shared with a task force working to connect shootings that may be related in an attempt to prevent further violence.

“We’re well aware of the funeral today,” De Sousa said. “We are very concerned.”

The shooting happened in front of a stretch of rowhouses and near a busy health clinic.

“This is unusual,” said Tammy Jones, who has worked at the clinic, Total Health Care, for five years. “The most you might get out here is kids fighting.”

But Abdul Allen was less surprised, as he waited outside the crime scene tape. The shooting occurred near the doorstep of his mother, Cathy Allen.

"It seems like sun equal guns," he said. "When the sun comes out, the guns come out."

Detectives asked that anyone with information about the shooting call them at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-lockup.

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