BALTIMORE — Neighbors living in a Northwest Baltimore community are raising concerns about crime after a 70-year-old woman was found shot to death outside of her home early Thursday morning.
The woman who has been identified as Linda Dennis was found around 10:00 a.m. Police responded to her home to conduct a welfare check when her body was discovered.
Metro Crime Stoppers is now offering an $8,000 reward for information related to the murder.
Neighbors tell WMAR-2 News they didn’t know the woman but are saddened to learn about what happened.
They said this isn’t the first time someone was killed in the area.
Near where Dennis was killed, there’s a memorial honoring another homicide victim.
The constant shootings have many community members living in fear to the point they didn’t want to talk on camera because they’re scared. They feel they could become the next victim if they talk about the violence.
“I think it’s really shocking that someone would take the life of a 70-year-old woman,” one neighbor said. “If something isn’t done, we are just living like hostages. We are living out of fear, something could happen to us if we said something that is wrong.”
Mayor Brandon Scott condemned the murder during a news conference, calling whoever killed Dennis a coward.
“You are scum and we will find you and we will hold you accountable,” he said.
Governor Larry Hogan also tweeted about the murder, saying it is “heartbreaking and outrageous. This crisis has reached a tipping point and there must be immediate action taken to stop the senseless violence.”
If you have any information about the murder, you’re asked to give police a call.