A string of violent incidents over the weekend of Aug. 17 led to bloodshed in all quadrants of the city. During the mid-August weekend there were two triple shootings, four other shooting incidents and a fatal stabbing, according to records from the Baltimore Police department.
One incident, a triple shooting in east Baltimore, left a 7-year-old boy shot when he was hit by a stray bullet while playing outside. Baltimore police said they are working “tirelessly” to get a handle on the shooting, which injured the boy.
According to police, around 9:39 p.m. on Aug. 17, unidentified suspects entered the 1200 block of E. Eager St. and began shooting. Two people and a 7-year-old boy were hit by bullets. One victim suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the body, another victim was hit by a bullet in the lower torso and the third victim was hit in the back of the right thigh.
All three victims were transported to local area hospitals said police. The victims are currently listed in stable condition; none of the injuries is fatal.
The young boy was not an intended target and was hit by a stray bullet while playing in the neighborhood according to an e-mailed statement released by the police department to media.
“The Baltimore Police Department echoes our communities’ outrage over the fact that, again, an innocent child has been caught up in a reprehensible act of violence,” said the statement. “This was not a random act- and those responsible will be held accountable.”
The statement said the police department is working “tirelessly to close the case.” The department also urged anyone in the public with information to come forward.
Brandon M. Scott, vice chair of the Baltimore City Council’s public safety committee, said the administration, police department and community have to be proactive in work towards keeping Baltimore’s children safe.
“Anytime someone is shot it’s sad,” said Scott. “But when it’s a young child, it makes the act extremely heinous and cowardly.”
He said the police department and the city government have to do a better job at protecting children and “hunting down people who commit acts of violence on kids.” Scott said the community has to become more engaged in creating a safe environment for children.
“When a child is shot, everything else goes out the window,” said Scott. “People have to step up and say something.”
The second triple shooting occurred in the northwest district around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Three men were shot near the intersection of St. Charles and West Belvedere Avenues in the Arlington neighborhood, according to Northwest police district Major Marc Partee.
He said all three males were shot multiple times in various parts of the body. He said the males were suffering from non-life threatening injuries and expected to live.
One of the weekend’s victims died. According to police, a Black man, later identified at Miles Ringgold, 38, died after being stabbed in the chest in the 400 block of N. Montford Ave. on August 17.
Police said they arrived on the scene around 12:16 a.m., where they found Ringgold. He was transported to a local area hospital and later pronounced dead by hospital staff at 12:47 a.m.
Baltimore police said they have arrested one suspect in the fatal shooting, Todd Pollard, 28, who lives in the 400 block of N. Montford Ave.