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Man shot while fighting off suspects who showed up at his front door

Posted at 12:16 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 18:39:23-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Mimi Parker takes her newborn out during the day, but at night, it's a different story.

She's not even answering her door.

"It's really scary since I'm a mom now---a new mom," said Parker, "I really don't advise anybody to open the door if they know it's not their family members."

It is advice that comes too late for a 41-year-old man who was busy cooking last night in his home along the 5800 block of Belair Road when he heard someone knocking at the front door.

"When he went to the door and opened the door, he found two males. They both started yelling at him. (He) didn't quite understand what they were saying, but the next thing he knew, he had a gun pointed at his head and survival instinct kicked in," said Det. Donny Moses of the Baltimore City Police Department, "He attempted to take the gun and a fight ensued. That's when the gun discharged and he was shot."

Today, detectives combed the area looking for surveillance footage, which may help identify the two men who ran from the scene following the shooting.

It happened at about 11:15 last night, and police are asking anyone who may have spotted anything out of the ordinary last night in that area to call them.

Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, and he's expected to survive---a man who took a chance opening his door to strangers followed by a desperate struggle for his life.

"We don't recommend you try to disarm someone. We don't recommend fighting, because just as in this case---something could happen, but at the same time, that human instinct kicks in," said Moses, "Fortunately, he wasn't hurt any more than he was. If we can identify these suspects, thank goodness he'll live to testify against them."