The pop of gunfire surprised Troy Staton. He didn’t feel the bullets punch the back of his neck.
Street violence had never before intruded into his barbershop and art gallery, an urban refuge in Southwest Baltimore.
“It was upsetting because this is sacred ground,” Staton said a day later, with his neck bandaged, sitting outside the New Beginnings Unisex Barbershop.
The well-known barber, art curator and neighborhood organizer was among seven people shot — four of them, including a 13-year-old boy, fatally — on a violent Halloween in Baltimore.
“Am I upset? I’m upset with the system. A lot more can be done,” the 50-year-old...