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Woman shot in head at family deli in Southeast Baltimore

18 people were shot over the weekend
Posted at 7:39 PM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 17:10:44-05

BALTIMORE — The cries of a husband in mourning echoed through the streets of Southeast Baltimore Sunday evening. The entire neighborhood is in mourning after another life was lost to gun violence.

"She was always there for me when I didn't have anyone else to turn to," said neighbor Christina.

Neighbors like Christina lovingly called Carmen Rodriguez 'Mom'.

"I feel like she was a second mom to me," said Christina.

The 36-year-old was a mother herself to four children who neighbors say were usually with her at the family shop at the intersection of N. Kenwood Ave. and East Fayette Street. The shop where Sunday evening, Rodriguez was shot in the head.

"Whoever did this, I don't know why. No one deserves to get their life taken ... and then she just had a baby and she has kids. I don't know why. If you need something, just ask her. Why did you have to take her life?" said Christina.

"I just pray for her family because those boys and stuff are going to need it," said neighbor Travis.

It was a weekend of brutal and brazen shootings in Baltimore. Rodriguez was one of three people murdered within a few blocks just north of Patterson Park in the Southeast District over the weekend.

Saturday at around 6 p.m., 21-year-old Destiny Harrison was shot in the head inside her salon, MadamD Beauty Bar. Police said there were other people inside at the time and hope someone comes forward with suspect information.

The Harrison family has set up a GoFundMe page for anyone willing to help with Destiny's funeral expenses.

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3 hours later and just a few blocks away, 21-year-old Daniel Powell was shot and killed on Linwood Avenue.

Then, early Sunday morning in Downtown Baltimore, police said 7 people were injured after two gunmen, one with a rifle, opened fire into a line of people waiting to get into a hookah lounge. 19 rounds were found at the scene.

Police found the getaway car burned out in Cherry Hill. They are looking for four suspects, two male shooters, and a male and female accomplice.

MORE: Seven shot waiting in line outside downtown Baltimore hookah lounge

"The criminals are just brazen," said Col. Rich Worley.

They are claiming lives and tearing families apart at a stubbornly high rate. At least 18 people were shot in three days. The countless other victims, the family and friends, are left to wonder what can be done.

"We gotta stop this killing. We gotta let our kids be out here. Our kids are the main priority. We can't even let our kids run around because we got guys out here acting crazy," said Travis. "I'm just praying every day that this comes to an end."

Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.