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OLD TOWN — The shooting started just after supper. Charlie Branda’s 11-year-old son counted the gun blasts like she taught
him. One, two … three, four, five … six. Branda called 911. She’s called before, plenty of times, and knows police
always ask how many shots were fired. “Six,” she told the dispatcher.
Steps from their front door, Tyshawn Blanton had been shot dead. The 20-year-old was just
outside the corner store at Evergreen and Sedgwick — the intersection of drug
turf and urban gentrification in Old Town.