Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A 12-year-old Baltimore boy fights for his life after he and three other young men are shot. Police say all four are innocent victims.
Kai Jackson explains the shooting is leaving neighbors on edge.
Baltimore police have a lot of information to sort through after a night of widespread violence that left one man dead and claimed multiple victims — including a young child – fighting for his life.
Violence rocks Baltimore. City police say over a six-hour time span from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, six people were shot. That’s a person an hour.
Among the victims is a 33-year-old man found dead in a vacant lot.
“Quite frankly, police need a lot of help,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore Police Department.
Just before 10 p.m. there were multiple shootings in the 1700-block of Cliffview Avenue in East Baltimore.
“The victims in the incident are a 12-year-old boy, a 15-year-old, 18-year-old and a 19-year-old,” Guglielmi said. “Two of the victims were found at the location of the shooting, and the other two were found a short distance away.”
Police say it happened when two suspects approached people on a porch. They left, came back and opened fire, hitting four people.
“One of the individuals is a 12-year-old boy who is being described as grave condition. He is not expected to survive his injuries,” Guglielmi said.
Residents in the neighborhood really don’t want to go on camera to talk about the shooting. Let’s be clear; they are concerned. Here’s the problem. After the police, the politicians and the media leave, residents are concerned things are going to go back to normal. As one man puts it: back to normal is exactly what they don’t need.
“The individuals involved in this do not appear to have any contacts with police, and we’re struggling very hard to figure out a motive in this case,” Guglielmi said.
And yet there was another shooting. A man was hit in the arm and legs.
We do know the victims were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. But other than the 12-year-old boy, we don’t have any other names or conditions at this point.
Anyone with information on these shooting incidents is asked to call Baltimore City Police.