2 shot in Baltimore Monday night

A 22-year-old woman and 24-year old man were injured in separate shootings Monday evening in Baltimore, according to police.

A group of males began firing on the 500 block of McMechen Street around 7 p.m., said Baltimore Detective Nicole Monroe. She declined to say how many were in the group, but said one of their bullets hit a woman in the back.

By 7:45 p.m., police had cordoned off the crime scene around the 1500 block of Division Street with police tape and were scouring the ground in front of the Spencer Apartments with flashlights in search of bullet casings and shattered glass. Faux skeletons dangled from the porch ceiling in anticipation of Halloween.

“It’s the wild wild west,” said Sugar Smith, 36. The McMechen Street resident was at home with her mom when she heard a bunch of gunshots. Both were frightened by the clatter, but had no idea what happened.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Sitting on a step a block away, Eugene Johnson, 50, reported that things on usually buzzing Pennsylvania Ave. seemed quieter than usual. It was probably the result of the shooting, he said, though he didn’t know what had happened. There are a lot of shootings in this area. On Oct. 5, Malik Michael Perry, 19, was killed on the same street about a block away.

“These people, they are not joking,” Johnson said of the perpetrators. “Trust, and believe.”

Hours earlier, a 24 year-old man with a gunshot wound was picked up by his friends on the 2000 block of West Baltimore Street, police said. They took him to one hospital, but he was rushed to another after a medic determined the victim required specialized surgery. Police are trying to determine the exact location of the shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Baltimore Police Citywide Shooting detectives at 410-396-2221, or the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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