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WEAA Gospel Radio Host killed in Northeast Baltimore shooting

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 07:14:17-04

BALTIMORE — Tyra Phillips (Womack) was shot and killed in Northeast Baltimore on Wednesday.

On Wednesday at about 8:52 p.m., a patrol officer responded to the 2400 block of Albion Avenue to investigate a reported shooting.

When the officer arrived at the location, he saw her suffering from gunshot wounds.

She was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Homicide detectives were summoned and assumed control over the investigation.

Police have identified the victim as 57-year-old Womack.

Tyra Phillips (Womack) hosted WEAA's Gospel Grace program on Sundays.

The radio station said on Twitter, "WEAA offers condolences and prayers to the family of our beloved Tyra Phillips (Womack). We are heartbroken about her passing and remember her beautiful, gentle ,sweet spirit today. Tyra was heard on Sunday's Gospel Grace programs for many years at WEAA."

Everyone who knew and loved her described her as a nice, sweet woman.

Her sister, Courtney Scott, mourning the loss, says it happened after Womack was returning from a walk.

She says that’s when the neighbor randomly started shooting.

“He was in his trunk," she said. "He didnt say anything to them, he just started shooting at my nephew. She ran across the street to the neighbors, she didn't even know she got hit. The only reason he stopped was because he ran out of bullets. When he ran out of bullets, he walked down the street and told the people who walked outside and said 'I'll shoot you too, ill shoot you too' and ran off."

Womack’s son, who was also there was not injured

But Scott says he watched his mother struggle to fight for her life.

"She would have wanted it to be her so he can continue to live his life," she said. She was protecting her son, she did what she was supposed to do."

Scott says the neighbor harassed Womack for years.

She believes the city could have done more to protect her.

"They've been in and out of court, police have come, hes called the police vice versa," she explained. "My sister had to get stuff expunged at this point, I feel Baltimore city failed my sister because if they did what they were supposed to do, he wouldn't even had been on the street."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Baltimore Police Department Homicide detectives, at 410-396-2100.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.