Man fatally shot in McElderry Park
UPDATE, 10 p.m.: The victim has been identified by police as 20-year-old Kevin Pierre. Based on the information given by police, Pierre did not appear to have a criminal record. We're trying to find out more about him, but feel free to post any remembrances in the comments section.
A man was fatally shot Monday afternoon in Southeast Baltimore's McElderry Park neighborhood, police said.
The shooting occurred at about 3:30 p.m., apparently at the intersection of Belnord Ave. and Pulaski Highway, with the unidentified victim running up the street and collapsing on Orleans Street, where the curb was covered in blood.
"I saw the dude laying on the ground, trying to catch his breath," said Shawnte Surles, 37. "After that, he wasn't breathing no more. ... It's hurtful. I wanted to cry. His mother and them came down, and they couldn't get over there .. they had to stay behind [crime scene] tape.
The shooting was the first in the McElderry Park neighborhood, historically plagued by gun violence, since Jan. 1. The Safe Streets violence interrupters program is centered there, with ex-cons and gang members paid to mediate disputes and teach alternates to gun violence. City officials say it has been successful, and are looking to expand it to other areas. The adjacent Ellwood Park community, which once had a Safe Streets post, saw two shootings recently.
Barbara Grant, 54, and Andre Anderson, 38, stood outside as police examined the crime scene. A bullet fired up the street grazed Grant's car and came to rest in the side mirror of Anderson's vehicle. Police told Anderson they would need to remove his mirror to take into evidence.
Grant said her family moved into their home a year and a half ago, taking advantage of a program to encourage people to move into rehabbed homes in struggling neighborhoods. "You want to come into a neighborhood to bring up the value of the neighborhood ... we had no idea what we were getting into when we bought this house," she said.
"I just happened to have the day off - it's a government holiday," Grant said. "It's the middle of the day. I could've been out walking my dog. There's babies out here playing. There's kids walking home from school. It's crazy."