Reporting Mike Hellgren
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A 10-year-old boy was outside on a stoop in East Baltimore trying to cool off when police say he was shot, along with three other people.
Mike Hellgren has new information on the investigation.
Baltimore City police were out in force on East Hoffman Street where four people were shot on Memorial Day, including a 10-year-old. It’s just a block from an elementary school.
“It’s very, very hard,” said Jaleesa Copeland. “Our kids can’t even go outside.”
Investigators do not believe the boy was targeted, just in the wrong place at the wrong time–sitting on the stoop on a hot evening.
“Now we have to worry about whether our children will be shot,” said one mom, who didn’t want to be identified. “It makes me angry because it’s life and it’s young life.”
Police say one of the bullets went straight through that little boy’s leg. They don’t yet know the motive or have anyone in custody.
“That’s crazy. No one ever thinks when they shoot whose lives they’re going to take or whose family is going to be hurt, nothing like that,” Copeland said.
And sadly it’s nothing new. The family of Sean Johnson, 12, just marked the first anniversary of his death in Northeast Baltimore. Police believe the shooter mistook him for someone else. It’s been almost three years since then-5-year-old Raven Wyatt was caught in the crossfire in Southwest Baltimore, a shooting caught on a Citiwatch camera. They solved those cases and hope to wrap up this latest case of bloodshed in East Baltimore.
“Something has got to be done about this. It’s got to be better,” said a woman who did not want to be identified.
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