Police arrested a 17-year-old male this morning, saying detectives believe he was “involved” in the July 2 mass shooting at the Brooklyn Homes public housing complex in which 30 people were shot, two fatally.
The youth was transported to Central Booking where he was being charged with “possession of a firearm by a minor, assault weapon possession, reckless endangerment and handgun in vehicle,” according to a Baltimore Police Department news release.
He was arrested following a search warrant at a residence, police said. The teen was not charged with shooting anybody.
Two people died early Sunday after gunfire erupted at the outdoor gathering, which started with pony rides, snowballs and music and swelled to a crowd of hundreds, partying late into the night.
The other victims – mostly teenagers – were transported to area hospitals.
According to today’s release from BPD, three remain hospitalized, all listed in fair condition.
Arrests and Accountability
No other arrests have been made so far in what appears to be the deadliest mass shooting in recent city history.
There is a $28,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and charges in the incident, which centered on the 800 block of Gretna Court, but included shooting and injuries over a much larger area in this south Baltimore community.
Mayor Brandon Scott has said multiple agencies, including the FBI and ATF, have joined the search for suspects, amid reports that bullet casings from more than a dozen guns were found at the scene.
Meanwhile, other aspect of the case remain murky as well, including who to hold responsible for the failure of police or other agencies to prevent or quell violence: city officials and agencies, the Housing Authority (on whose property the party has occurred for 27 years) or the BPD.
“Together we will”
Earlier in the week, Scott summoned an army of city officials to join him and community members on a walk-though at Brooklyn Homes – from Chief Administrative Officer Faith Leach, to code enforcement officials and trash truck drivers.
A video of the Wednesday walk-though, tweeted by his office, includes this quote from the mayor:
“It’s even more important to be out there connected with the community, walking with the community, listening to their concerns, meeting their needs on the spot, but also engaging with people and wrapping your arms around them and giving them that love that they deserve – even more so after having the tragedy that they have.”
Included also were brief remarks by Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley, who seemed to address more directly the doubts residents may have, in the wake of the tragedy, about who they can depend on to keep them safe.
“Together we will, as a city, we will win back every citizen,” Worley said.
“It might take little bit of time, but we will with Mayor Scott at the helm.”