5 Shot at Vigil in Baltimore, Police Say
Four people were shot and injured during a candlelight vigil on Monday night for a 24-year-old who was killed, the Baltimore Police Department said.
The shooting took place on 1800 block of W. North Avenue as people were gathered for the vigil of Jermaine Schofield, 24, who had been murdered a day before in the same location.
“While the vigil was taking place, an unknown gunman approached the group and opened fire, striking the victims,” the police department said in a statement.
Two women were shot and received non-life-threatening injuries, police said. While on the scene, three other victims—two adult females and an adult male—arrived at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries, the statement said.
About 20 to 30 people were holding a vigil for Schofield.
Schofield was among four people shot early on Sunday morning, according to police, reported the Baltimore Sun. “We’re looking to see whether or not these three separate incidents are related or connected because of the time frame,” police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert told the paper.
“Here you are, coming together to have prayer, then, all of a sudden, gunfire comes. It’s not a pretty sight,” Rev. Keith Bailey, president of the neighborhood association, told WBAL-TV. “There were some bullets (that came) from everywhere, and we saw the people screaming. We don’t know where they came from.”
Bailey knew Schofield and likely the five who were shot. “It’s not an easy thing to see because just realize, some of those same kids that I see getting shot in this area, I’m pushing them down the aisle in the church or in the funeral home,” Bailey said.
Police did not identify a suspect or a motive.
“We’re still trying to locate witnesses, so this investigation is open, ongoing, and at the moment, still up in the air. We’re hoping to get some information that will point us to who this shooter is,” Baltimore police Detective Donny Moses said.
Anyone with information is asked to call (410) 396-2221 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.