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Fatal Shooting at Baltimore Block Party Leaves 2 Dead, 28 Injured

 Fatal Shooting at Baltimore Block Party Leaves 2 Dead, 28 Injured

A block party in Baltimore turned tragic as gunfire erupted, leaving 2 dead and 28 others wounded, according to officials.

Acting Commissioner Richard Worley of the Baltimore Police revealed in a Sunday afternoon press conference that all 30 victims sustained gunshot wounds, with ages ranging from 13 to 32 years old. Among the deceased were 18-year-old Aaliyah Gonzales and 20-year-old Kylis Fagbemi, identified by Baltimore police.

Of the injured, 15 were minors, as stated in a Sunday night news release from police. As of Sunday afternoon, nine remained hospitalized in various conditions.

The shooting, which unfolded during the early hours, involved "at least two" shooters, though investigators are exploring the possibility of additional perpetrators, Worley disclosed. The motive behind the violence remains undisclosed.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott condemned the incident as a "reckless, cowardly act of violence," emphasizing the profound impact on the affected lives and underscoring the broader issue of gun violence. The tragic event adds to the grim statistics of mass shootings in the U.S., with this incident marking the third in July and one of 338 mass shootings in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Details emerged of the chaotic scene, with police receiving multiple calls after 12:30 a.m. Responding officers found one victim deceased at the scene, while others sustained gunshot injuries. The 20-year-old victim was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Describing the block party as an annual celebration in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Mayor Scott lamented the sudden turn of events, highlighting efforts to provide support to the affected community. Councilwoman Phylicia Porter echoed sentiments of solidarity, emphasizing the need to address the longstanding challenges faced by marginalized communities like Brooklyn. As investigations unfold, scrutiny extends to the circumstances surrounding the event, including the absence of a permit and police presence. Commissioner Worley pledged accountability and vowed to rectify any oversights.

2 People Dead and 28 Injured in Mass Shooting at Baltimore Block Party

In response to the tragedy, Governor Wes Moore affirmed his administration's commitment to combating gun violence, pledging support to local authorities. The incident reignites discussions on gun safety measures, with Maryland's recent legislative actions aimed at curbing gun violence facing legal challenges. Amid calls for justice and reflection, authorities continue their pursuit of the perpetrators, underscoring the collective resolve to address the scourge of gun violence plaguing communities.


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