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'It's senseless': Fatal shooting of pregnant Baltimore woman and man angers, shocks community

Jessica Anderson, Lea Skene and Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE — After a pregnant woman and her fiance were shot to death in a vehicle outside their Barclay home Thursday night, doctors were able to deliver the premature infant, who relatives said was fighting to survive after losing both parents.

The mother, identified by police as Angel Morgan Heather Smith, was about seven months pregnant, according to two family members who visited the shooting scene Friday after learning the devastating news.

“I am extremely saddened, upset and angered,” said a cousin of the male victim who identified herself as Minnie. “I’m so sick of Baltimore City having so many killings. Do not go around shooting people’s family members. It’s senseless.”

The double homicide was the latest act of gun violence in a particularly violent week, which included two mass shootings just hours apart on Tuesday and has sparked outrage from both Baltimore residents and city leaders.

“It’s just totally out of control,” Councilman Robert Stokes Sr. said. “There’s just shootings all the time.”

Police responded to two other homicides, and three nonfatal shootings overnight Friday. An 18-year-old was killed inside a home in East Baltimore. Another man was found dead inside a vacant house in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood, and three other men were injured in separate shootings across the city.

 

Violence continued Friday afternoon when police said a young man was shot in the chest and seriously injured near the Cross Street Market in South Baltimore.

2022 bloodshed outpacing last year

Already the city has counted 125 homicides, and 253 other people have been injured in shootings so far in 2022 — almost a 10% increase compared to the same time last year. Other crimes, such as robberies and carjackings, are also up this year.

Stokes, whose district is also where 69-year-old Evelyn Player was fatally stabbed in a church last year, said state leaders should send Maryland state troopers to the city to help Baltimore Police address the violence.

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