ROSEDALE, Md. — A series of gunshots – bullets fired in rapid succession at 1 a.m. last week at the Fontana Village Townhomes in Rosedale – and a woman who heard the shots fired soon found out where they came from.
"It was a sliding door, so I could see it was shot up with a big hole in the door," said the woman, who did not wish to be identified.
Police say 23-year-old Kitera Bishop caught the brunt of the barrage of bullets.
"She and another male subject were asleep on a couch inside the home when shots were fired from outside of the home in Fontana Village,” said Officer Jennifer Peach with the Baltimore County Police Department, “She was struck a number of times in the upper body. The male subject was only shot once in the hand, and she suffered critical injuries. The following day she did die."
For now, investigators have not determined a motive for the killing or whether this was the work of a single gunman or multiple suspects for that matter.
"It appears to be targeted in some way, because so many shots were fired,” said Peach, “However, it is impossible right now for us to know if the male victim was the target, if the female victim was the target, or if this was an accidentally targeted home."
Those who knew Bishop recall her as a soft-spoken, young woman who was balancing a small makeup business with raising her young child.
"Do you think she was the target?" we asked a neighbor who had befriended the victim.
"No, I don't think... I know she wasn't the target. She definitely wasn't the target,” responded the woman, "I hope they find out what happened to her, because it wasn't right. She shouldn't have to lose her life at 23 years old."
The suspect(s) fled the scene before officers arrived, so police are asking anyone with any additional information to call (410) 307-2020 or submit a tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.