Baltimore police said they charged a suspect Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.
The boy's father was also shot in what police said was a targeted attack. The shooting occurred on Friday evening when the two were in a car.
Police confirmed Sunday that Eddie Tarver, age 20 of the 200 block of Cherry Hill Road, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault and a related handgun violation in connection with the incident.
At a news conference Saturday in a strip mall parking lot a few blocks from the shooting scene, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said police have "a pretty good grasp on what occurred out here last night."
He said police believe it was not a random shooting.
"But the bottom line to get across to get here is that this level of violence in this community," Batts said, "whether it's Cherry Hill or anywhere else in the city of Baltimore, has to end."
After the shooting, police said they chased three or four persons to the Western District. The officers who chased the suspects "showed a lot of courage" Batts added.
The shooting took place in the 1200 block of Cherry Hill Road at 7:05 p.m. Friday, and the child, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at 8:26 p.m. according to Detective Angela Carter-Watson.
The man who was shot was identified by three law enforcement sources as 22-year-old Rashaw Scott, also known as Davon Greene, of the 1000 block of Edmondson Ave. As of Sunday morning, he was still said to be in critical condition, according to an officials at Shock Trauma.
Court records show that Scott was charged in July 2011 with a killing that occurred March 29, 2011. Scott was charged with murder and was acquitted of all charges by a jury at trial in late October.
Shootings of juveniles, especially young children, have become rarer in Baltimore in recent years. The first homicide victim of 2013 was a 7-month-old baby, but police said he died after suffering rib fractures and other injuries.
Six children under the age of five were killed in 2012, according to records compiled by The Baltimore Sun, but in each incident the death was caused by abuse or neglect.
Ryan O'Doherty, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said she had been "fully briefed" on the incident. "Her prayers are with [the] victims of this senseless and cowardly act of violence," he said.
Batts spoke with people at the shopping center before talking to the news media, posing for photographs with a group of young girls and dropping in on a wrestling-themed child's birthday being held in a vacant storefront in the strip mall.
Tawanada Murphy, 49, who has a sister and niece who live in the area, came out from the party to get her picture taken. She said it is good to see the commissioner out in public after a shooting to let people know he shares their concerns.
"I'm scared for her coming home at night," Murphy said of her niece.
The block of Cherry Hill Road where the shooting happened was quiet Saturday, but police continued to patrol the area.
On Friday evening, a large area spanning 1100 to 1700 blocks of Cherry Hill Road, as well as the 2700 block of Winchester St. were cordoned off while police combed the surrounding neighborhood searching for suspects.