Woman who called police on SW Baltimore crime was 'gunned...down in front of her children'
Detectives filled the 1700 block of Gertrude Street near North Avenue Monday night, looking for answers to one of the city's six overnight homicides.
One neighbor, who does not want to be identified, said: "Every night, it never ceases. When you're in this neighborhood, you're guaranteed to hear at least one gun shot a day."
People who live in the troubled neighborhood are reluctant to say anything.
"I don’t want to be on TV, because I don’t know if someone might feel some way about something I said and they might want to do something to me," said one neighbor.
That's what family members say happened to 37-year-old Charmaine Wilson Monday night.
A family member said Wilson "has called the police so many times, more than a handful of times living in this neighborhood."
The relative, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation, told Fox45 that Wilson had called the police twice Monday - first after two boys tried to steal her son's bike, and the second, around 9 p.m. when six boys assaulted another son.
"The police had left and he was not gone more than seven minutes, and two guys came from the side with masks on their face," said Wilson's sister.
"They walked up to her and shot her two times. Gunned her down right in front of her children."
She died moments later.
Wilson had eight children and two grandchildren. Six of her kids are under the age of 18.
According to a family member, Wilson requested a transfer from her housing unit with the Housing Authority months ago.
"[She] asked for housing to move her because she was scared," she said. "Her kids weren't safe, she wasn't safe, her car was vandalized, her apartment was vandalized, and they did not move her because it wasn't 'enough evidence.' Now my sister - 37 years old, eight kids, two grandkids - is gone, for a bike. And she asked for help."
Detectives were once again at her door, but this time, it's too late.
In a statement, Housing Authority spokesperson Tania Baker said: "HABC is looking into this tragic situation. We cannot release confidential information pertaining to public housing residents."
Family members have launched a Gofundme page.