Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As Ravens fans celebrated, violence broke out not far from the parade route. One teenager is dead and two others were injured in a triple stabbing.
Now homicide investigators are trying to track a killer.
Mike Schuh reports the teen that died was, in fact, downtown to attend the Ravens Super Bowl victory parade.
City police say they believe all the victims are around 15 or 16 years old. The stabbing happened after they had words with their attacker.
A tangle of crime tape marks the area where three teenagers were stabbed downtown. One of them died on the way to the hospital. He has been identified as 15-year-old Deontae Smith.
Police say moments before the stabbing, there was a scuffle between the victims and the suspects.
“It is an isolated incident. The victims knew their attackers. We believe this stemmed from a dispute,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.
The stabbing happened as crowds of people filled the streets for the Ravens victory parade. Police confirm that Smith was downtown for the festivities.
“It was really awful to hear that after coming from this great celebration and then to hear it was a kid and who knows if it was kids really involved in it?” said Monica Queen, who works downtown.
“For them to sit there and not…get along with each other, it’s sad. It really is,” said Katharina Pawlik.
Mounted patrols, state police and a K-9 unit helped with the investigation.
Where the stabbing happened at Howard and Fayette, you can clearly see two surveillance cameras and police say the footage from the cameras is providing vital clues that could lead to the killer.
“We have a very good camera network in this city, probably one of the best in the country, and that camera network is going to help us further this case along,” Guglielmi said.
It’s evidence that could help put a killer behind bars.
At this point, police won’t say whether they are looking for more than one suspect.
The two surviving victims are at Maryland Shock Trauma. One is in critical condition; the other in serious condition. Police have not yet identified them.