Violence erupted in separate locations of the Inner Harbor Monday night despite a heavy police presence for the holiday, with a child shot in the leg and a man fatally stabbed shortly after the fireworks ended.
They marked the second and third violent events downtown Monday — a significant disappointment for the city Police Department, which had coordinated an elaborate July Fourth safety plan that involved several hundred state and city officers patrolling Baltimore's streets, monitoring surveillance cameras and tracking one another via GPS signals.
Earlier in the day, a man in his 20s was shot twice inside a parking garage around 2 a.m. after a long-running feud was reignited. He survived the attack.
Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III held a news conference Monday evening to quell fears that the downtown area was dangerous, telling reporters that arrests were imminent in the morning incident and that he believed there were "sufficient resources" in place to secure the Inner Harbor for the Independence Day celebration.
"Several hundred uniformed and plainclothes police officers" from the city, as well as the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority were deployed to "ensure that we have a secure and safe July Fourth celebration," Bealefeld said.
The nighttime incidents, apparently unrelated, occurred about 10 p.m. Few details were immediately available. Heavy traffic was making it difficult for law enforcement to travel to the scenes, a police spokesman said.
In the first episode, a man was stabbed outside McCormick & Schmick's Restaurant in the 700 block of Eastern Ave., near the Pier Six Pavilion.
"An adult male got into a confrontation with another group of individuals, and that confrontation escalated and resulted in our victim being stabbed very seriously in the neck," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
The man was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma with critical, life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.
Meanwhile, at Pratt and Light streets, a boy was standing with parents when they heard a noise and realized that the child, reportedly age 4, had been shot in the leg near his groin. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Guglielmi said police will review surveillance camera footage as part of the investigations.
Other incidents Monday night appeared to be minor. Two individuals fell into the water at the Inner Harbor around 8 p.m. and were rescued by the Baltimore Police Marine Unit and transported to a hospital for monitoring, Guglielmi said, and several juveniles were arrested for carrying knives.
Police were taking a tough stance on curfew violations and clearing the streets of young people after 11 p.m., Guglielmi said.