By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,
Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Acting Baltimore City Police Commissioner Richard Worley say the investigation into the Brooklyn mass shooting that took place on July 2 is ongoing and more arrests will be made.
The Brooklyn Homes mass shooting After Action Report (AAR) was released on Aug. 30. The AAR reveals that some Safe Streets staff knew about plans for the event a month in advance and were at the Brooklyn Day festivities but did not report it to other agencies. All Safe Streets staff left the site between 11 p.m. and 12:20 a.m., the shooting occured at approximately 12:35 a.m.
The report also reveals that there was “officer indifference” which they say may have compromised Baltimore City Police Department’s (BPD) awareness and preparation for Brooklyn Day.
Now, Aaron Brown, 18, and a 14-year-old male have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident.
The block party resulted in the death of Kylis Fagbemi, 20, and Aaliyah Gonzalez, 18. Another 28 people were injured.
“We will not rest until the Brooklyn community and the city of Baltimore get the justice we deserve. We are going to continue with this investigation as long as it takes. We’re doing it right so that when we identify and arrest individuals, these charges stick, ” said Scott at a live-streamed press conference on Aug. 31. “These young people that we’re discussing today made the wrong choice that ended lives and changed countless
] forever. As a result, they will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.”
Brown was arrested on Aug. 2 due to unrelated charges of attempted murder and a handgun violation, according to the BPD. The warrant for his arrest for the Brooklyn Day shooting was served on Aug. 30 while he was still in custody.
Brown is being charged with 75 counts, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. According to BPD, he is being held without bond.
Worley said they will continue to track the ballistics to each gun recovered, to ensure all shooters are held responsible for their actions. He said they are looking for 10 shooters in total, three of which have already been arrested for direct relation to the shooting.
The 14-year-old was arrested on Aug. 30 and has since been charged with 18 counts, which include conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. The juvenile is currently not being identified due to his age.
“It is always tragic when young people are in situations where they feel the need to carry a gun. It’s especially tragic when the young person is 14,” said Jan Eveland, a resident of Brooklyn.
Before these arrests, 18-year-old Tristan Brian Jackson was arrested in connection with the mass shooting. Jackson was arrested on Aug. 17, according to the Baltimore Police Department. BPD Officers believe Jackson shot at several individuals on the 800 block of 8th Street.
He was charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and 41 other related charges.
The second City Council hearing for the Brooklyn Day shooting will occur on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.