‘Mass casualty incident’ leaves 1 dead and 4 injured including an infant and a child in Baltimore Saturday night – Baltimore Sun

A child and toddler were among four people injured in a shooting Saturday night in West Baltimore. A 43-year-old man died.

A 65-year-old man who was shot in the arm and a 23-year-old woman were in stable condition as of Sunday morning, Baltimore police said. A 3-year-old boy was in stable condition and a 2-month-old boy was in critical but stable condition.

The woman was driving in her car with two children through the busy intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Laurens Street around 6:40 p.m. when gunshots erupted. She was shot and hit a post. The toddler and infant suffered head injuries and lacerations from the impact.

Police previously said one of the children was 6 years old and one child had been shot. Police said on Sunday both injuries were related to the accident.

Officers and paramedics arrived at the scene in the Upton Borough and took the victims to hospitals, where the 43-year-old died. Investigators are investigating whether the driver was targeted or caught in the crossfire and whether there were multiple gunmen.

One person was arrested.

Tavon Johnson had just walked out of a Pennsylvania Avenue store on Saturday night when gunshots erupted like fireworks, sweeping people to safety. The shooting began near Upton tube station, where a wilted balloon memorial marks where 31-year-old Dashawn Anderson was fatally stabbed on the afternoon of January 18.

“It happened so quickly,” Johnson said on Sunday. He was standing on Laurens Street where a fresh bunch of balloons was attached to the metal pole where the 23-year-old fell on North Fremont Avenue.

Gun violence can be deafening at times, Johnson said, but not when children are injured.

“I feel bad about the babies,” he said. “I hope they survive.”

Across the street, a man attached three get well soon balloons with rainbows and zoo animals to a fence behind the pole. He said his nephew was injured in the accident but declined to comment further.

Police were still at the scene of a fatal shooting at the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at Laurens Street Sunday afternoon and were investigating the murder of a 43-year-old man around 6:40 p.m. last night.  A second man, 65, also standing in the street, was shot dead and is in stable condition.  A 23-year-old driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was in stable condition.  She hit a pole, injuring a 3-year-old boy and a 2-month-old boy.

During a news conference Saturday night, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said there were several people in the area who witnessed the shooting. He encouraged her to help investigators solve the case. People can do this anonymously, he added.

Earlier this month, five high school teenagers were shot dead outside the Edmondson Village mall across from their school. Deanta Dorsey, 16, died. Police have since asked the public for help identifying two masked gunmen.

Harrison stressed that a man was killed and children were fighting for their lives because of Saturday’s violence. “We are here once again with another mass disaster in our city,” he said.

“Our prayers are with you [the] Victims, but we need people to come forward and help us help you,” Harrison added.

Mayor Brandon Scott took the opportunity to speak to black men in Baltimore.

“I see a lot of people trying to behave like that [they’re] hard but [they’re] really weak because only weak people shoot someone when you know there are kids right around,” he said. “If [you’re] to host that person, and that’s your homeboy, that’s your husband, and that’s your cousin, I don’t care who it is. Then you are weak too. And we have to step up and get better for ourselves.”

Another man was shot dead in North Baltimore Saturday night, police said. Officers were called to a shootout at around 10:25pm at the 4800 block of Kimberleigh Road in the Kenilworth Park area.

Officials took the 43-year-old man to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information about Saturday’s shooting to call 410-396-2100.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can use the Metro Crime Stoppers tipster hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP. You can also text tips through the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland website.