Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A double murder in a Southwest Baltimore neighborhood leaves two men dead and neighbors stunned. Now the hunt is on for the triggerman.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on why police say this family was targeted.
One of the victims does have a criminal history, which may have made him a target. Their mother survived. The shooters got away.
It’s been almost 48 hours and still no arrests in the murders of 19-year-old Darian Horton and his brother 23-year-old Allen Horton, killed during a violent home invasion.
“They was trying to kill all of them for real,” said Vioree Hill, who grew up on the 2500-block of W. Lafayette Avenue and heard the gunshots ring out from across the street.”Everyone’s just really concerned in this neighborhood.”
The night of horror began around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Baltimore City police rushed to the home in response to a call of shots fired.
“We believe it was three to four individuals who entered the home, shot the individuals and fled,” said Sgt. Anthony Smith, Baltimore City Police.
Inside, police found two brothers with gunshot wound to the torso and their mother shot in the face and hand.
“It’s crazy. Nothing like that has ever happened around here like that that I’ve heard of,” said Robert Jacobs, neighbor.
Baltimore City Police believe the family was targeted. One of the victims has a criminal history involving drugs.
“Homicide investigators are investigating. Currently we do not believe this was a random act but a targeted attack,” Smith said.
Neighbors say the murders may have been a case of vengeance on the younger brother Darian, who has a criminal record of unlawful drug and gun possession.
“Child Protective Services had him hidden away because they knew somebody was trying to kill him, and it’s just awful. And soon as he comes home they found him and killed him,” Hill said.
WJZ has reached out to the State’s Attorney’s Office, which has not confirmed or denied that information.
For those who are trying to stop the violence news of the murders is discouraging.
“Everyone wants to live in a decent and safe neighborhood and incidents like this don’t help us build our neighborhoods up,” one neighbor said.
The mother is in stable condition at the hospital. Her sons died just a few hours apart.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.