BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A search for answers and for justice. There are calls for change after four young men, including a 12-year old boy, are shot while simply watching TV.
Andrea Fujii explains police need help to track down the shooters.
While hanging out on the porch watching TV, a 12-year-old boy and his teenage friends were shot.
“That boy 12. He went to school. He played on the football team. He hung with my kids. The other boy 15. All of them were good boys. One of them just graduated, probably going to college in the fall. And now he can’t do nothing because something senseless,” said Martha Streeter, neighbor.
Streeter, whose son was murdered on the street, says police need to do more.
“They need to step up their game. They do. They know this a high-crime area. OK, we’re black, we’re poor, we’re in the ghetto, but we need the same rights that I’m sure if I go to certain neighborhoods that they do for them,” Streeter said.
The 12-year-old boy, Sean Johnson, was shot in the head. His family tells WJZ that he is still clinging on to life.
His principal at Montebello Elementary/Middle says he was a good kid “who played video games, who loved to play football, who loved to come to school, who had great friends, who had positive relationships with his teachers,” said Dr. Camille Bell.
The school honored Johnson in its annual fashion show Thursday night.
“This is Montebello’s family, and in Montebello’s house we’re going to celebrate Sean Johnson tonight,” Bell said.
They know the shooting could turn deadly.
“If we sit back in fear and say nothing, in essence what we’re saying is ‘It’s OK to do this. Kill some more of our kids,” Bell said. “It is time for us to stop ignoring the madness. Enough is enough.”
Johnson’s family has been with him all day in the hospital. Police describe his condition as grave, and they also tell us that they have very few leads in this case.
City councilman Carl Stokes is calling for more police patrols in the area. He is holding a news conference Friday. Stokes is also running for mayor.