By Annie Rose Ramos

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man was killed after a shooting in Federal Hill Park Sunday night in south Baltimore.

Residents in the homes around the park said they could hear people screaming and running in every direction. Now they’re turning to city leaders for answers.

It was around 11 p.m. when one resident said he heard four gunshots and people screaming, screams that were captured on a resident’s security camera video.

“I saw a storm of people running down the staircase,” one resident said.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Warren Avenue around 11:03 p.m. after a report of gunshots being heard in the area.

When they arrived, they found a 39-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his body. He later died at the hospital. Police identified him Tuesday as Melvin Thompson.

“It looked like a very serious incident,” eyewitness Matthew Benicewicz said. “It seemed like the EMTs were doing chest compressions.”

Now a community is looking for answers.

“For us to hear gunshots — it shatters and it puts fear into everything of who we are in this community,” Fed Hill resident Ronnie Bogle said.

“This has been an issue all summer long — drinking, yelling, screaming, fireworks, etc. at all hours of the night!” Councilman Eric Costello said.

Costello spoke with police Monday about the park and is ensuring additional resources will be deployed.

Heroes Jump Into Action

When the shots rang out, Dedric Richardson took cover. Minutes later, his wife called, saying she was standing next to the victim and needed his help.

“(I heard) a young lady that’s screaming, frantically crying and she’s like, ‘Oh my god, somebody shot him! Please help!'” Richardson’s wife Shunquita Neal said.

Neal raced up the park’s steps and saw the victim surrounded by blood.

She called 911 but couldn’t get through, so she called her husband.

“I said, ‘Hey, this kid has been shot. We need to take him to the hospital,'” Neal said.

Richardson, a combat veteran, jumped into action, rushing to the scene.

“I helped put him in the back of the van, and from that moment on, I said, ‘Hey, you’re a combat vet so go ahead and check his pulse,'” Richardson said. “My first instinct was what can we do to save his life right now?”

Richardson drove the man to the other side of the hill to meet the ambulance, where paramedics took over.

A Violent Week

Over the past week, at least 50 people were shot and 15 are dead, among them two women were shot and killed in northeast Baltimore

50 People Shot, 15 Fatally, In Baltimore In A Week

Police arrested 24-year-old Dandre Woods-Bethel at the scene in that shooting.

Baltimore city’s police union tweeted Monday saying in short there is no crime plan for the daily violence and the police department is 500 officers short.

“We have to actually have a strategy,” said city council president Brandon Scott, “targeting the most violent individuals who are committing the overwhelming majority of these crimes.”

Citizen App video also showed the scene just after the shooting:

Man Shot in Federal Hill Park @CitizenApp

Battery Ave & E Montgomery St Yesterday 11:09:41 PM EDThttps://citizen.com/static/scripts/embed.js/static/scripts/embed.js?v=1600093937057

WJZ has reached out to city police who are not yet commenting on camera on this week’s violence.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824.

Annie Rose Ramos

Comments (7)
  1. Me says:

    The bodies stacked up in the morgue is just one of many failures by the greedy corrupt democrats, their legacy is a broke violent decaying city, keep voting that trash in you reap what sew, ENJOY!! No one wants to live or work in that nasty city why people are leaving in droves

  2. Vote them all out says:

    When will the useless democrats democrats in city hall be held accountable for ALL their failures and the total demise of our city?? Be prepared for more of their lies and rhetoric

  3. chrissfarmer says:

    Maryland has a Republican Governor and a NRA bought and paid for Republican “law and order” President, I suggest we look to them for explanations. When you are supposedly the POTUS you do not get to pick and chose which parts of the country you are responsible for, you are responsible for them all. As Harry S Truman’s desk said, the buck stops here…and so does the accountability for every town and city in this country.

    Face it, Trump is praising people who committed the crime of waving guns at people they did not like walking down their street, so is that the answer, more people waving guns and shooting? Seems to me that is the problem.

  4. Sonny Crockett says:

    What does the NRA have to do with this? The black thugs killing each other and innocent people in America’s democrat run cities are not NRA members. They don’t buy their guns at a gun store after their background check is approved. Legal gun owners and carry permit holders like myself don’t waive guns in people’s faces acting like tough guys hoping for a laugh from our equally idiotic friends. Instead, we conceal them and hope to never use them.

    How is inner city crime Trump’s fault when our cities have been decaying for 60 years? Trump has only been in office 4 years. Nice try. They people who want to choose “the parts of the country” are the democrats who wish to eliminate the electoral college because it’s the only way they can win. Open your mind and think independently. There is only one set of facts and your soyboy emotions are meaningless.

  5. Michael says:

    Blaming Trump and the NRA for Baltimore’s problems is proof positive that you lack even the most basic of clues as to what has gone on in Maryland and Baltimore. Baltimore has been completely, as in top to bottom run by democrats for the past 60 years. The failings are completely their doing and cannot be denied. When people finally accept this reality and start to change the way they vote; maybe we will begin to see a difference in Baltimore. Until then, they need to increase the number of freezers at the morgue to deal with the bodies.

  6. Terrence says:

    Getting ILLEGAL guns out of the hands of career criminals is the first step, and then we need “citizen reform”. Too many people out there disregard the laws of a decent, civil society, from littering to traffic to why they have got to go to school. That mindset has to change and don’t look to the Mayor & City Council or the States Attorney, or even the president, to fix any of that. Nothing to do with the NRA and ok then why didn’t Obama intervene? It started to get worse when he was the president?

  7. Tyree says:

    The problem is these thugs get caught packing pistols and Mosby gives them sweetheart deals and they are back on the street in six months or less. but, I have to say it’s about time these white liberals finally reap what they have been sowing. These liberals fail or can’t understand the mindset of these young people is to far gone.

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