BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 14-year-old victim is the third child killed in the city of Baltimore since the beginning of the year. Now, child advocates say something needs to change to stop the violence.
Meghan McCorkell updates the search for suspects and the heroic attempt to save the young man’s life.
The shooting happened just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Tywaun Short, 14, was hit multiple times.
Homicide detectives search for clues after 14-year-old Tywaun Short is gunned down.
“He was a good kid. Good little boy. Straight As. Went to school every day. He didn’t bother nobody,” one woman said.
Neighbors, who didn’t want to be identified, tried to save the boy.
“We tried to give him CPR for like 20 minutes and he was coming back and going, coming back and going,” the woman said.
Short was shot multiple times along with a 28-year-old man.
“As to whether or not these victims were the intended targets or not, that’s still under investigation,” said Detective Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police Department.
Thursday, police went door to door pushing for tips in the case. Short is the third juvenile killed in Baltimore City in the past 90 days.
Malik Fuller, 16, was shot to death in Park Heights in February, and police found the body of 11-year-old Matthew Thomas in the backseat of his father’s car in January–the victim of a suspected murder-suicide.
“They’re becoming so numb as a generation to literally seeing their classmates just dying,” said Rob Drowos, Core Health Institute.
Drowos says more people need to step up to teach kids that violence isn’t an answer.
“At the end of the day, this is a war zone, and we don’t have enough soldiers. Plain and simple. We don’t have enough caring adults in the community, putting in the time, putting in the commitment to work with more youth,” he said.
Back in the community, neighbors want an arrest.
“He needs to pay for what he did. He took away a child’s life,” said one woman.
…Something that’s happening far too often.
Investigators believe there were witnesses to Wednesday’s shooting. They are asking those people to come forward.
Detectives are looking into whether the shooting could be linked to other violence in the area.