Six people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Baltimore, including one of the owners of a soul food restaurant in Little Italy.
Trevor White, one of the co-owners of RYMKS Bar and Grille, attended AFRAM on Friday and was part of a podcast in which he talked about being a Black businessman in Baltimore. White, 40, promoted his businesses and pushed for other minorities to start their own.
“Baltimore City is a great place to open a business start a business and build your footprint,” White said in the podcast. “My thing is the more businesses I can be a part of, the more businesses I can open, the more ability I have to employ people and get people to work.”
He was killed hours later. Police said officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire in northeast Baltimore. Police said officers arrived on Lakeside Avenue and found White shot multiple times. He died at the scene.
A sign posted on the restaurant’s door read: “Due to unfortunate events, RYMKS Bar and Grille will not be opening today (Monday). We look forward to your support in the future.”
White also operated VBS Tax and Accounting on Liberty Road and was the director of ReBuild Metro, a nonprofit group that focuses on affordable housing.
Police are investigating other weekend homicides, including the killing of a woman near a bus stop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
“My brother was standing on the porch. He actually saw the victim fall,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.
The woman was shot multiple times on Talbot Road in northwest Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are still trying to find family members before releasing her name.
According to police, from Friday through Sunday, there were six fatal shootings in Baltimore and six other shooting victims survived.
Police told 11 News the city has had 166 homicides so far this year, compared to 158 this time last year. There are 317 nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to 323 at the same time in 2021.
Communities are stunned by the violence.
“I thought, ‘Here it is in our neighborhood. You can’t get away from it,'” a resident said. “It’s a drag. People getting shot in the streets, and who knows what for, you know?”
Police said they are trying to find suspects and motives for the killings.