08 July 2015

Quadruple Shooting Leaves Three Dead In West Baltimore

Original audio report, recorded live on scene. 

Two Men And Two Woman Shot 

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Even for a place grown accustomed to a daily onslaught of violence and mayhem, the incident that took place late Tuesday night in the Poppleton Community of West Baltimore was one of unspeakable horror.

On the 900 block of W. Fayette St., just a short distance away from the University of Maryland Baltimore campus (UMB), area residents said the night had been quiet until shooting shattered the silence.

The Baltimore Sun reports, University of Maryland Police say two vans pulled up to the blocked just before 11 p.m., when two gunmen got out and began to unleash a hail of gunfire on the block.

Two men and two women were cut down by the barrage of bullets.

An hour after the incident, with over 100 people looking on, a lifeless body laying in a pool of blood was still on the sidewalk. Police held up a white sheet attempting to obscure the view of the corpse, but they were unable to block every angle.

While investigators processed the scene, several dozen spent shell casings littered the area, Evidence markers labeled as high as the number were 40 visible on the ground.

Onlookers seemed to be in a state of shock. Many with stunned, blank expressions on their face, as if still processing the horror that had taken place.

Crying and expressions of sorrow could be heard from all around as folk in the crowd reacted to the killings. Others exchanged hugs and hand holding. Some seemed upset as words and body language expressing anger was used.

One woman who declined to identify herself, told The Baltimore Spectator one of the victims was her
son's father.

A white van from the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner, with a gurney sitting beside it, stood by awaiting the okay from homicide investigators to remove the victim from the scene.

Police initially stated one of the victims had died at the scene, with the remaining three being transported to Maryland Shock Trauma center, just a few short blocks away. Before the investigation was concluded, the death toll had increased to three, with two of the victims being pronounced dead at the hospital. The fourth victim is said to be in stable condition.

The identity of the victims hasn't been released, but police say the deceased individuals are comprised of two men and a woman.
Police investigate quadruple shooting scene in W. Baltimore

While a motive for the shooting has not been disclosed, The Baltimore Sun reported that five days prior, on July 2, University police said shots were fired into a vehicle travelling on the same block of W. Fayette St. The passenger was injured from bullets that entered the vehicle. Raising the speculation of potential retaliation behind Tuesdays shooting.

An area resident wishing to remain anonymous, speaking about the neighborhood, told The Baltimore Spectator although things have been relatively quiet in the area leading up to the shooting, the calm was deceptive. He said there were numerous would-be gunmen laying in wait for their opportunity to deal death on the streets, as he hinted at further possible bloodshed.

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