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6 shot, 2 killed in last weekend of violent April

Posted at 5:18 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 17:36:14-04

On a Monday afternoon, a stiff wind rustled the strip of old crime tape in a Curtis Bay block lined with vacants.

If you didn't know what happened here the police flyers on cars tell the story; two women, ages 21 and 22 were shot early Sunday morning, police say coming out of the club on Curtis Avenue.

Ben and Kalya Payne didn't have to read about it, their young family heard it.

"It's a deafening sound,” Ben said describing the gunshots, “You know just because, someone is possibly dying right now you know. It's not a good feeling.”

Police say both women survived the shooting but could use a tip as to who pulled the trigger.

It is the same story in McElderry Park.

There, children from Tench Tilghmen Elementary/Middle School walked by more tied off crime tape on their way to recess.

It marks the spot where a child, not much older than themselves at 15, was shot Sunday morning.

The two shootings, one south and one east are two of the three non-fatal shooting scenes from over the weekend.

There were two homicides too, both in east Baltimore, all adding up to 34 murders in just 30 days.

"It’s an all hands-on deck approach and again, a lot of this comes down to when violence occurs, what else might happen as a result of that violence because we know that retaliation is real and that's a real concern of ours." Said Baltimore Police Chief T. J. Smith. 

But for the entire month, Baltimore Police have been having trouble getting in front of that violence.

The result is that the reductions the city had seen in the first three months have been cut nearly in half.

It is a surge many have noticed, from east to west to Curtis Bay in the south.

"I am hoping to be out of this neighborhood by the time she's ten and really hanging out with her friends,” Kayla Payne said of her 14-month-old, “Because I don't want her getting involved in any of that drug stuff, gang stuff because it just ruins your life."