Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two juveniles have been arrested after what police call the accidental shooting of a 13-year-old girl. Now a Baltimore City police officer has been suspended as a result of the investigation into that death.
Derek Valcourt has more on what police are saying about the officer’s involvement.
Sources say the gun used in that shooting was found inside a Baltimore City police officer’s car.
Police say a .22-caliber long rifle killed 13-year-old Monae Turnage Saturday night. Sources say that gun somehow ended up inside the car of an off-duty Baltimore City police officer. That now-suspended officer was dating a relative of one of the juvenile suspects in the case.
The news is outraging the victim’s family and City Councilman Carl Stokes.
“If the allegations are true that this weapon was found inside the officer’s vehicle, it’s stunning. It really is amazing that that’s what happened,” Stokes said.
Saturday night, Turnage and two friends — 12 and 13-year-old boys — were playing with a rifle inside a home in the 1600-block of Darley Avenue when Turnage was accidentally shot in the chest. Police say the boys then tried to hide her body. After the shooting inside the house, the boys apparently moved the victim’s body from the living room through the kitchen, out through the back door and into the alley.
Turnage’s worried mother told WJZ she repeatedly questioned one of the young suspects about her missing daughter.
“I still couldn’t get a straight answer so later on that evening, we were just sitting around and we decided we would go and scout out everywhere,” she said.
That’s when Turnage’s brother found her body in the alley.
Now her family—and Councilman Stokes—want to know why the gun that killed her ended up in a police officer’s car.
“I feel so badly for the family and now to have this piled on top of that, I don’t even know what to say. It’s too stunning really to believe,” Stokes said.
Police say they are consulting with prosecutors as their investigation continues.
William C. March Middle School will be hosting a vigil in Monae Turnage’s honor Wednesday at 4 p.m.