BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Doctors worked to save a 14-year-old male, but his injuries were too severe. The young victim died after he was shot in the head in West Baltimore.
Mike Hellgren reports on the heartbreak in the community.
Police identified the 14-year-old as Issac Joyner. WJZ contacted his mom but she was too shaken to speak. But others who knew and loved him are speaking out.
Police lights bathed the darkened Ashburton Street just before Christmas. Gunfire shattered the silence on the block Thursday night.
Someone shot three teenagers. The youngest—14 years old—was hit in the head and later died.
The other two are expected to live.
Signs of the violence are still in the neighborhood less than 24 hours later.
A man whose nickname is Black says he was like an uncle to the victim.
“My nephew was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Black remembers holding the boy as a baby. “It touched me close because that could’ve been anybody,” he said.
Police do not know the motive. They don’t have any suspects.
Pastor Denise Folks was cleaning up at the home her church owns on the corner of Ashburton Street.
“This is a home we are trying to set up for women who are transitioning from prison,” said Folks, pastor of Greater Church of The Risen Savior. “I pray for the family that lost their son. I really do. This is a terrible time to lose anybody.”
She says she’s alarmed at how violence has taken the innocence of so many youth in Baltimore.
“We need to be more available for our young people—and not afraid of them,” Folks said. “It’s a shame.”
When asked if the violence is going to stop, Black said: “It’s not going to stop. It’s never goina stop. It’s always goin be there until we change our whole self as man.”
As for the condition of the other two victims, one was shot in the buttocks. The other was shot in the wrist and leg.
The killer is still on the loose.
Though the murder rate is down slightly over last year, more than 200 people have been killed in Baltimore this year.