Deadly night in Baltimore stirs fears of a violent summer

BALTIMORE -
Two people were killed and three others were shot across the city Wednesday in a swath of violence that left few parts of the city untouched.
 
At the same point last year, there were 128 people killed, according to police data. As of Thursday evening, there were slightly fewer deaths, but the worry is the pace may pick up.
 

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As Baltimore City homicide detectives began the grim work of piecing together the life and final moments of Tiffany Lowery, a 30-year-old mother of two, they may have stopped at her last known address.
 
A man who declined to be identified because he feared retaliation for speaking with the media said his and her family were as tight as could be.
 
"She was great. But to have this happen to her, or any woman that's black, white, green or purple is inhumane," he said.
 
He shared warm memories of the mother and godmother to others, choosing to remember her as she was, and not her brief, final moments captured in convenience store surveillance video obtained by ABC2 as she was gunned down in the 1300 block of James Street in south Baltimore.
 
 
Police said she was killed at about 6:56 p.m Wednesday.
 
"When you know somebody and things like that happen to somebody, it takes your breath away," the man said.
 
Yellow tape marked the spot of more heartbreak for another family, this time across the city, to the Johnson household in northwest Baltimore.
 
A shooting around the corner from their home, in the 4300 block of Fernhill Avenue, took the life of Darrian Johnson last night, a 19-year-old whom his father said was a star football player in high school.
 
Police said Johnson was killed shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
 
Johnson's father was too shook up to speak on-camera, telling us his son's brother was also murdered in Baltimore nearly 11 months ago to the day.
 
Near the spot of the shooting, a neighbor described the feeling of watching homicide detectives work.
 
"It's scary, you don't feel comfortable. When I first moved here, it was so quiet, you could hear the crickets, but now, every so often you hear shots, helicopters," said Earl Johnson.
 
So far this year, nearly 120 people have been killed, police said.
 

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