City Council candidate shot by pellet gun in Charles Village
City Council candidate Odette Ramos was shot by a pellet gun while campaigning in Charles Village last week, according to Ramos and police.
Ramos, 38, a long-time community activist who lives in Charles Village, was struck in the back and leg around 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 17.
Ramos was waving signs with a group of five campaign workers at the northwest corner of St. Paul and 25th Streets when the shots were fired. The first pellets hit her back when she spoke with a radio reporter halfway up the block, and a second volley hit her leg after she rejoined the group waving signs.
"I was definitely targeted," said Ramos. "No doubt about it."
Ramos said she did not believe that she was injured by a person associated with a rival campaign, but by a youthful troublemaker.
"This proves my point that we need more productive things to do for our kids," she said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that Ramos had been struck with a pellet gun, and that the "suspect shot out the window of a passing car."
Police have not identified any suspects, he said.
Ramos said that the pellets bruised her back and leg, but did not puncture her skin.
She helped found the nearby Village Learning Place, and runs a consulting business that works with progressive groups.
Ramos is vying for the 12th District council seat currently held by Carl Stokes. He canned his mayoral bid on the candidate filing deadline last month, and decided to run to represent the district, which includes portions of Charles Village, Mt. Vernon, Remington and East Baltimore.
Other challengers include Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association President Jason Curtis, who is seeking to be the council's first openly-gay member, and Maryland Institute College of Art student De'Von Brown, who was featured in the documentary, The Boys of Baraka.