Baltimore police shoot man who shot at them during ‘behavior crisis’ – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A suspect is currently in custody following a street shooting on Christmas Day.

The shooting happened northwest of Baltimore in the 4100 block of Crawford Avenue in the Grove Park area at around 4:30 p.m.

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The officers returned fire, leaving many trapped in their homes and cars wondering what was going on.

The shooting is just the latest in a violent year for Baltimore.

As of yesterday, there were 712 mass shootings in the city.

Neighbors couldn’t believe it when they heard dozens of shots from the street. A woman caught in the crossfire, too scared to get out of her car for fear a bullet might hit her. Others say bullets pierced their walls and windows, and now they are only grateful to be alive.

“More gunshots, more gunshots,” said Tanya Williams, who arrived at Milton Rice’s house for Christmas dinner just before bullets started flying.

“When I got to his doorstep, a series of fires started, just gunfire, and because of that, I froze to death,” Williams said.

Police said officers responded to a home where a man was experiencing a behavioral crisis.

“The people there were tested,” Rice said.

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The 59-year-old man told police he had a gun and started shooting, police said. Everyone ran to find shelter.

“He just opened fire,” Williams said. “They dropped on the ground, and it looked like they were in a war zone, crawling and shooting back.”

“They have shields and they’re behind shields,” Rice said.

The officer who shot the suspect was taken to the hospital. Neighbors said he lived with his mother, whom they had seen taken away.

“They picked her up and ran with her. It was an elderly woman, and they ran with her and put her in the police car,” Williams said.

Helen and Bernard Wyche, who have lived here for more than 50 years, said the incident was horrifying.

“It’s scary out here right now, very scary. Am I out of the house? Will I be fine? ‘ said Helen Wyche.

The police union said no officers were injured in the incident, but the suspect was in critical condition.

This incident is still under investigation and the charges are currently pending.

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Dais Johnston

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