Fifth teen apprehended in connection with Baltimore block party mass shooting

  • A fifth teenager was apprehended in connection with a mass shooting at a block party in Baltimore over the July 4 weekend, leaving two people dead and 28 injured.
  • The 15-year-old faces a total of 44 charges, including attempted first-degree murder.
  • This arrest follows an unrelated handgun arrest on August 30, when the teen was taken back into custody at a Baltimore residence.

A fifth teenager has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at a block party in Baltimore over the July 4 holiday weekend, leaving two people dead and 28 others injured.

Baltimore police announced the arrest in a news release Wednesday morning, saying detectives believe the teen opened fire on several people.

The 15-year-old’s name was not released because he is a minor and details about the allegations against him were not available because court records are sealed. It was also unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Authorities said he would be charged with 44 counts, including attempted first-degree murder.

The suspect was arrested Aug. 30 for an unrelated handgun violation, according to the news release. He was released into custody Wednesday at a Baltimore residence, police said.


A police officer stands in the area of ​​a mass shooting in Baltimore’s South District on July 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)


Four other teenagers were also arrested in this case. One is charged only with possession of a handgun while the others are accused of shooting into the crowd.

The shooting sparked widespread calls for action amid an increase in youth violence in recent months.

City leaders recently released a lengthy report detailing flaws in the police response to the shooting, which is likely the deadliest in Baltimore history. The report finds that officers and supervisors repeatedly ignored warnings that the crowd had grown to nearly 1,000 people, some of whom appeared armed and disorderly, in the hours before the party degenerated into terror and violence. bloodshed. Teenagers and young adults made up most of the shooting victims at the annual summer celebration at the Brooklyn Homes public housing complex in South Baltimore.

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley has repeatedly promised accountability for all responsible parties, including the shooters themselves and the officers who dropped the bullet.

“The devastating effects of this act of violence have continued to reverberate through our city and particularly our Brooklyn community,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement. “We will continue to seek justice for our residents and, while each arrest brings us closer, there is still a long way to go to heal the trauma this community is experiencing.”


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