Downtown Baltimore residents react to shooting outside Hippodrome Theater – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A shooting on the steps of the Hippodrome Theatre, as a Broadway show played inside, rocked a typically quiet downtown Baltimore block on Wednesday night.

Officers on patrol responded to Eutaw Street around 8 p.m. to find a 25-year-old man shot multiple times in the chest.

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Taylor, the manager of Forno, a restaurant across the street, says she saw people running into the theater to safety after the shooting.

“You’re like ‘is that a gunshot or a car exploding’, you know what I mean? But unfortunately it was a gunshot,” she said.

Nashua Thomas, who lives in the neighborhood and rents her house on Airbnb.

“I’ve never heard of anyone getting shot in that block, so that’s surprising,” Thomas said. He said he tells those renting his space to stay alert in the area.

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“Residents and workers in the area all feel pretty unsafe,” said Kyle Bowles, who works in Forno and lives in the area with his sister. He told WJZ that they often felt unsafe walking at night after work.

“There have been discussions between my sister and I about, for example, carrying a taser, holding keys, making sure you have your headphones on, but not listening to music so you can constantly hear what’s going on. surrounds you,” Bowles said.

As part of downtown Baltimore is under development, with a new hotel opening on Eutaw Street and the reopening of Lexington Market just weeks away, residents like Bowles hope the same amount of investment will be invested in some of the basic problems that he believes to be causing the crime.

“Fix the underlying causes of the crime instead of just giving the police more money to fix it,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of resources dedicated to mental health in public health, getting communities into jobs.”

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Police say the shooting victim is expected to be fine with non-life-threatening injuries.

David H. Henry