BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An off duty Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer was fatally shot overnight Friday in Baltimore, during the weekend in which community activists had called for a ceasefire in the city.
Police say the shooting happened just before 12:45 a.m., in the 2800 block of Elgin Ave. Responding officers found two victims with gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, 40-year old Tony Anthony Mason Jr., had been shot in the body. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Baltimore Police Department reports Mason is a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C., and was off duty at the time of the shooting.
Mason was a Marine before joining the police department and a father of three.
“He wanted to go out and give back and do the things that he thought he should be doing as a young man,” said James Grayton, Mason’s cousin. “He enjoyed being a police officer. He loved the city of Washington D.C., and he enjoyed being a police officer and he appreciated life to the fullest. His birthday was last month. To see him reach 40 years of age and now lost his life, it’s a tragedy.”
The other victim, a 43-year-old woman, was shot in the leg. She was taken to a hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.
According to police, both victims were sitting inside a parked car, when an unknown suspect went up to their vehicle and began shooting.
“That’s why we’re out here today, we want to save our kids we want to save our community,” said Jai Joyce of Baltimore.
The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (410) 396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824.