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Man killed, baby and potential witness wounded in triple shooting in Northwest Baltimore


A 37-year-old man sitting on a porch was killed Saturday afternoon in a triple shooting in Northwest Baltimore that also wounded a 10-month old boy and a bystander sitting in her car, police said.

Three people opened fire around 3 p.m. on a group of people sitting on a porch in the 2800 block of Keyworth Ave., hitting a man in the chest and a baby boy in the leg.

Detective Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman, said detectives believe the shooting was targeted.

As the shooters — believed to be two men and a woman — fled on foot, police said they turned on a woman they saw in her car. Monroe said detectives believe the shooters only targeted the woman, who suffered a graze wound to the shoulder, as a potential witness to the first shooting.

Monroe called it a callous and brazen act that would not be tolerated.

“Something like this is just not acceptable,” she said. “No act of violence is acceptable, but this was brazen, it was a callous, it was in broad daylight.

“They did it with no regard for who was around,” she added.

The victim’s name was Derrick Hickman, said his father, Johnnie, who was also on the porch at the time of the shooting.

“We were just talking, and the next thing you knew it was gunfire,” he said.

He said he scrambled for cover behind a treadmill, but the shooters were intent on his son, his youngest. “There wasn’t nothing I could do because they were shooting so many times.”

Hickman said his son tried to escape into the house, but the shooters continued firing repeatedly through the door. The bottom was riddled with holes. On the top a note read, “Family is where life begins and love never ends.”

The injured baby was Derrick’s stepson, Hickman said, adding that he does not know what prompted the violence.

“I can’t understand what happened,” he said.

Police, who are still looking for a “concrete motive,” intend to go door to door, canvassing the neighborhood for clues, and will review surveillance video, said Monroe, who asked that people with information call police.

“We have to close this case,” she said. “Things like this just cannot happen.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact homicide detectives, at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can use the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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