A 13-year-old girl remains in grave condition Monday afternoon and is on life support after being shot in the head outside a liquor store last week in East Baltimore, Baltimore Police said.
Police released a photo Wednesday of a man they are asking for help identifying in connection with the shooting. In the photo, he appears to be wearing a black hoodie, pants and shoes.
Southeast District officers responded about 5:20 p.m. Nov. 7 to the 1400 block of East Fayette Street in the Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood to investigate a ShotSpotter alert for gunfire in the area.
When officers arrived at the location they saw a girl suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the girl was struck once in the head after a shooter fired multiple shots into a large crowd of people in the parking lot outside the Liquor Plus at the corner of East Fayette Street and North Caroline Street.
Harrison said the shooter fired into a car, which left the scene of the shooting.
“This perpetrator fired into this vehicle, probably intending to shoot who was in the vehicle, but shot a young person who was standing outside minding her own business,” Harrison said. “Now we have a person who is critically injured at the hospital.”
Due to the severity of her injuries, homicide investigators were summoned and assumed control of the investigation.
A man walked into the Johns Hopkins Hospital seeking treatment for gunshot wounds the evening of Nov. 7, Harrison said. Baltimore Police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said Nov. 8 that the man was injured in the same shooting as the 13-year-old.
Harrison begged bystanders to come forward with any information about the shooting.
“We know somebody knows that happened. We are asking anyone who knows anything, who heard something, who saw something, who had something told to them, to call us right away,” he said. “This brazen, cowardly act is totally uncalled for.”
Outside the Douglass Homes housing complex across North Caroline Street the night of Nov. 7, several large rats darted near overflowing trash cans as neighbors watched police examine evidence in the liquor store’s parking lot.
In a statement issued the night of Nov. 7, Mayor Brandon Scott called the girl’s shooting “senseless and tragic,” and asked witnesses to come forward with information.
“A child was caught in the crossfire of reckless activity fueled by petty conflict involving individuals who can’t properly resolve issues and individuals who have access to illegal guns,” Scott said. “We must continue to remove illegal guns and those using them from our streets while simultaneously investing in our communities.”
Anyone who has information about this incident is urged to contact detectives at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCK-UP. You can also anonymously text a tip by visiting the MCS of Maryland website.