Woman killed in Baltimore nail salon, suspect in custody

Bystanders pinned suspect until police arrived

BALTIMORE - On Monday, customers at a nail salon in East Baltimore helped Baltimore City Police arrest a suspect in the city's most recent murder.

It happened at the T & T Nail Salon on East Monument Street.

“It's bad. It really is bad right now. It's not the world it's the people in the world that make it like it is,” said Gwen Gray, who lives nearby.

It had been a typical day on one of the east side's busiest commercial corridors, until it was interrupted by gunfire.

Gary Laus has been cutting hair at Total Kutz, the barber shop across the street from the nail salon, for the past 19 years.

“It was like a normal day until I heard the gunshots first and then I saw people running up and down the street, running out of the nail shop,” he said.

Police say a 34-year-old woman was shot in the head; she died at the hospital. The suspect also shot a 26-year-old man in the leg; he is expected to survive.

People at the shop held the gunman down until police officers arrived the scene.

“Some of the bystanders were instrumental in holding the suspect until officers arrived and actually pinned him down to the ground, enabling us to take him into custody," said Lt. Col. Keith Matthews, of the Baltimore Police Department.

Even with the arrest, homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses from the scene, and reviewing surveillance video to build their case.

As for Gary Laus, he says he'll be back behind the barber's chair across the street in the morning.

“I mean it doesn't affect me,” he said.  “I've got to do what I've got to do. I've got bills to be paid.”

Police have not identified the victims in this shooting, and they have also not released the name of the man who they took into custody in connection with it.

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