BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Shots rang out at a candlelight vigil in west Baltimore. Five people were injured when bullets began to fly; four of them are women. The violence comes just hours after a murder victim’s mother begged for peace.
Meghan McCorkell has more on this string of violence.
Those five people were all hit by bullets as they came to pay their respects for another shooting victim.
Balloons and candles were strewn across the sidewalk after those attending a candlelight vigil in west Baltimore were forced to run for their lives.
“Here are are again investigating a senseless crime,” said Detective Donny Moses. “A heinous crime.”
Investigators say 20-30 people were gathered at the corner of North and Fulton avenues Monday evening to honor 24-year-old Jermaine Scofield, who was killed early Sunday morning. As the vigil was underway, someone in the crowd started firing.
“We’re trying to celebrate where one person lost his life, trying to pay him respects and someone maliciously and foolishly walked into the crowd and opened fire,” Moses said.
Five people were hit by the bullets, four of them women. The gunman got away.
Community members are disturbed by the constant violence.
“I see how things are happening in the neighborhood,” said Rev. Keith Bailey, Fulton Heights Community Association. “People are losing their lives over small, little things.”
Scofield was among three people killed early Sunday morning. His mother begged for no retaliation.
“It’s not going to bring my son back. I just want to bury my son,” she told our media partner, the Baltimore Sun.
Now her son’s vigil has turned into a crime scene and police want answers.
“We know somebody saw something,” Moses said. “We know somebody saw something.”
And investigators want them to come forward.
All the victims from Monday night’s shooting are expected to be okay.
Investigators say two victims were found at the scene. Three others walked into hospitals.