The Baltimore Police Department has released surveillance footage of what they call the “bold and brazen” murder of 18-year-old Rykiese Shaw which took place in the early hours of Dec. 28 on Baltimore’s Greenmount Avenue. The purpose of the release, they say, is not to create “drama” but to seek the public’s assistance in taking dangerous criminals off the streets.
“If you know who this person is then you know who he is, because it is pretty good video,” said police spokesman T.J. Smith, during a press conference. He added, “And there were people out on the street, which is more disappointing because we need witnesses to help us solve this crime. That’s the only way we’ll be able to identify suspects and make our streets safer.”
Smith narrated the silent video, which begins in the relative darkness outside a convenience store on the 1000 block of Greenmount Avenue around 1:10 a.m.
The two suspects pull up in front the store in separate vehicles—a light-colored two-door sedan and a white minivan. One is dressed in a dark-colored jacket with red or orange lining and a dark, fitted hat. The other is dressed in a dark-hued hoodie and Army fatigue pants.
The pair walks past an individual in a pink jacket, who seems to be selling DVDs, and enters a hallway leading to the store, where they pause for a while.
The video switches to show the pair walking back out through the hall just as Shaw and another man appear on-screen near the external doors of the establishment. The next frame shows the victim bending over to check out the wares being sold by the movie peddlar. Police edited out the actual shooting, but said Shaw was killed with a single gunshot.
The person in the pink jacket, who police considers to be a key witness, dashes away.
The shooter then ambles over to his car, makes a three-point turn in the street and drives off.
Suspect two takes off in the minivan immediately after, driving in the opposite direction.
Police say they believe Shaw, who lived on the 8600 block of McKim Street, was targeted, but they do not have a motive. When officers from the Eastern Division responded to the scene at around 1:20 a.m., they transported Shaw to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“This guy probably hasn’t done this for the first time as he casually kills an 18-year-old and walk away as if it never happened,” said Smith of the gunman’s behavior. “He is capable of doing this again and with your help we can take him off the street.”
Smith and other officials discussed several other recent murders, including one that happened during a gun battle that occurred at 2:30 one afternoon on Garrison Avenue. He emphasized that the public has to play a role in stemming the tide of violence that threatens to overwhelm the city.
“The police department cannot do this alone,” he said. “With your help, this nonsense can be a 2015 nonsense, and we can go into 2016 letting bad guys know that we’re not going to tolerate it.
“This is what’s going to make Baltimore safer,” he added, “that these bad guys realize that they can’t operate in anonymity.”
Police are urging members of the public who have any information on this incident to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.