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Shooting victim found dead in Northeast Baltimore home

Neighbors heard fatal shots a week earlier
Posted at 5:25 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 18:25:27-05

BALTIMORE — The 333rd homicide of the year in Baltimore happened inside an apartment building on East Belvedere Avenue.

That's where police stopped by to check on the well being of 50-year-old Dannette Sheppard and found her dead from gunshot wounds.

"It's under investigation,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. “There are no details that I actually have for you right now. Every murder is of great concern."

But this murder struck close to home for Tosha Dearing.

"It had to have been about five or six,” said Dearing. “'Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!' Five or six times, yes."

Dearing heard the shots that killed her neighbor, but in a community where the sound of gunfire is common, she didn't even know it at the time.

"I heard gunshots. This was about a week ago,” Dearing told us. “I could hear them in the back of my door, and then, the next thing you know, I looked out my window. I couldn't see anything, but it sounded like they were coming from the back. So they were very close."

Residents at the Belvedere Court Apartments must use one key to enter the building and another to gain entry into their apartments, which at least in the minds of her neighbors means she must have known her killer.

"She probably was targeted, but sometimes you never know when you put yourself out there in situations sometimes and you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, you bring that trouble on to yourself,” said Dearing. “So, you know, she could have been out there like that, because I live here, and I'm not dead. I'm not shot or nothing like that."