BALTIMORE — A McDonald's and an Exxon blocked off with crime scene tape at the entrance of the Parkway Crossing Shopping Center, on the border of Northeast Baltimore, after two people were shot nearby.
Police said a 20-year-old woman was shot in the arm and a 26-year-old man was shot in the leg, both were taken to the hospital.
Police said they responded to reports of a shooting at the 2200 block of Perring Manor Road, behind the shopping center, around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.
The spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department didn't have information as to why the gas station and fast food restaurant were blocked off but workers in the shopping center said the man shot ran into the McDonalds.
"Several gunshots went off about 15. I stayed in here made sure my staff was safe when the gunshots stopped I looked out back and there was a young girl laying in the bushes here on the corner of Perring Manor directly at the back door," said Kymme Pierce who's worked in the shopping center for 16 years.
"I have grandchildren her age. It was scary," Pierce said. "She was laying down but she was twisting side to side in agonizing pain."
Neighbors in the area were concerned the people were someone they knew, like Neil Boan.
"It's happening a little too frequently in my own neighborhood," said Boan. "The robberies the violence it’s getting crazy a lot of these young kids don’t have mentors and a lot of the older ones aren’t being good role models."
Boan lives right across Perring Parkway with his two little girls.
"I got daughters. I gotta walk around this neighborhood. They gotta walk around this neighborhood," Boan said. "I got good friends that have to walk around this neighborhood. I got friends I already lost."
Boan and Pierce said the community has been changing.
"The culture has changed because of the drugs in the community," said Pierce. "We have to pray for these kids in the community and our adults, we're watching our future fade away."
Northeast District Shooting detectives are asking for anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2444 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Baltimore Police are leading the investigation but Baltimore County officers responded as well, since the shooting happened right on the border.