BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City police make an arrest in a shooting that sent four men to the hospital.
Rochelle Ritchie has more.
The man now faces charges of attempted murder and police confirm this shooting is connected to the Black Guerrilla Family gang.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lamont Jones is facing several charges of attempted murder. Baltimore City police say he is the triggerman in a quadruple shooting in West Baltimore that sent four men to the hospital.
“This is the gentleman who took or tried to take the lives of our citizens, Lamont Jones, and we’ve brought him to justice,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts.
Batts confirmed the shooting is connected to the notorious and violent street gang the Black Guerrilla Family at the center of a federal investigation but would not say if Jones is a member.
Court documents say Jones and another man were disguised as construction workers when they came up on the four victims who were sitting on the steps of a home on Edmonson and Carrolton and opened fire. All four men survived.
This incident is just one of many. WJZ has covered multiple shootings in West Baltimore on North Carrolton, Bennett Place, Fulton Avenue in West Baltimore and Kenwood on the east side.
“All these people that got shot today, it’s unreal. It’s terrible,” said one resident.
The dramatic increase in violence is being attributed to the federal crackdown at the Baltimore City Detention Center, where Black Guerrilla Family gang members conducted an elaborate drug business behind bars that spilled out on the streets. Since then, shootings have gone up 13 percent with murders up 11 percent over last year.
Jones was arrested Sunday and remains behind bars.
“All of these people have been related or somehow connected to each other and what we are doing is peeling them apart and bringing them to justice,” Batts said.
Police say a witness to the shooting picked Jones out of about six photos as the person involved in this shooting. That person’s identity remains anonymous.
Jones also faces charges of reckless endangerment.