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Neighbor recounts moments after West Baltimore cookout shooting

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 29, 2019

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — From east to west, blocks in Baltimore witnessed one of the year's most violent stretches over the weekend.

As detectives canvas the site of Sunday's deadly septuple-shooting in the 2500 block of Edmondson Avenue, fliers are scattered throughout the neighborhood calling for help finding a shooter.

Hombre Scott lives a stone's throw from where it all happened.

"The fellas around here they always have cookouts on nice days and always have gatherings --- the old heads and everything like that," Scott said.

He was at a cookout, when he took his dogs in the house. That's when he heard gunfire.

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"My homeboy who was laid down, when they pulled out the gun and started firing, he ran with his daughter. Thank God he had his daughter in his arms because he got shot in the back of his leg," Scott said.

Police roped off a stretch of Edmondson, as they not only rushed those seven victims to a hospital, but searched for a gunman.

Acting Mayor Jack Young apologized to people on that west Baltimore block on Monday for actions he says were done by a coward.

"Most [people] get up early every day and do the right thing, but a 'teeny' fraction of individuals that think that it's somehow acceptable to settle differences with guns," Young said.

The violence there capped a bloody weekend in Baltimore, that also saw two teens, a boy and girl, shot along Ravenwood Avenue in the northeast part of the city.

Sickening, says Hombre, who adds while he isn't stopping doing things in and for the community -- it's easy to get discouraged.

"It's terrible. Kids aren't out in the neighborhoods nowadays. Kids don't play. Everybody's trying to sell drugs or kill people. It's crazy," Scott said.

One of the men who was shot, a 28-year-old, died after being taken to the hospital.

Police say the other victims will be ok. They're still looking for a gunman.