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Teen arrested in nonfatal shooting of 12-year-old boy

Friday, March 12, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Baltimore police arrested a 15-year-old boy Thursday in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy.

On March 1, the victim was shot in the 2000 block of St. Cloud Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital.

On Thursday, detectives and juvenile parole and probation officers found the suspect in the 200 block of North Kenwood Street. He was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect was questioned at the Northeast District station and taken to Central Booking. He has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and handgun violations.

It is the latest arrest in a spate of shootings targeting young people. In several cases, the suspects have been underage themselves. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference that investigators are working to determine how these firearms are landing in the hands of children.

“We must continue to work together every day to disrupt the cycle of violence that’s tearing our communities and our families apart,” Harrison said.

Mayor Brandon Scott pointed to the recently-announced gun trafficking partnership as a way to help keep firearms from being used in violent crimes like these. He lamented the long-term impact of juvenile-on-juvenile violence.

“We’re talking about incidents where there are multiple lives and multiple lives of families of young people being destroyed,” he said.

Listen: Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison talks about this case at a news conference on Friday.  

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