Over a Dozen Minors Among the Victims of Baltimore Mass Shooting
Gunfire at Baltimore block party kills two, injures 28.
Gunfire erupted at a block party in Baltimore on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of two individuals and the injury of 28 others. The incident occurred in the Brooklyn Homes area of the city, with three of the wounded in critical condition and over a dozen under the age of 18. This shooting follows a pattern of violence during gatherings leading up to the July Fourth holiday, with seven people sustaining gunshot wounds and two others being trampled as they fled a nightclub. The federal prosecutors in Baltimore have been working to reduce violent crime in the city, which has seen nearly 130 homicides and close to 300 shootings this year. While the numbers are lower than the same period last year, authorities are committed to targeting repeat violent offenders.
Of the victims from the block party shooting, nine were transported by ambulance, while 20 walked into area hospitals. Nineteen of those victims received treatment at MedStar Harbor Hospital, with nine of the critically injured patients being stabilized and transferred to Baltimore trauma centers. The remaining victims were released. The emergency department at MedStar Harbor Hospital went into lockdown following the incident to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Additionally, a dozen victims were taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and four others were sent to the University of Maryland Medical Center's Pediatric Emergency Department.
The shooting claimed the lives of an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott expressed his determination to find those responsible for the violence, urging anyone with information to come forward. Governor Wes Moore also condemned the shootings, emphasizing the need to address gun violence in Maryland and across the nation.
The crime scene was extensive, and detectives will require significant time to investigate. Police officers remained at the scene for hours, working behind police tape in the densely packed housing blocks. The aftermath of the incident was evident, with folding tables and plastic cups scattered on the streets. Witnesses reported mistaking the sounds of fireworks for gunshots earlier in the night, and the shooting began as they were leaving the block party. One witness, Lakell Nelson, recounted how she helped two young women who had been shot, driving them to the nearest hospital.
The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 stated that there were no officers specifically assigned to the gathering, highlighting the need for more police presence in the area. The union president, Mike Mancuso, emphasized that the Brooklyn area requires more officers to ensure safe and effective policing. Currently, the city is facing a staffing shortage, with approximately 2,100 officers instead of the necessary 2,800.
Overall, this tragic incident adds to the growing concern surrounding gun violence in Baltimore and the need for increased efforts to address the issue. The community mourns the loss of lives and hopes for a safer future.