When 20 people were shot last weekend in Baltimore, it recalled the July 2009 "day of mayhem" that saw 18 people shot in a single night.
Twelve of those shootings were connected an ongoing feud involving the Blackwell drug organization, and four years later some of the current violence may have roots in that rivalry.
Deputy Commissioner John Skinner told city councilmembers last night that some of the people in a group targeted in a quintuple shooting that killed 18-year-old Donyae Jones were "underlings" of Steven Blackwell, who is serving 20 years federal time on drug and money laundering charges.
Though he was not charged with any acts of violence, authorities believe Blackwell's organization was tied to a wave of shootings touched off by the abduction in April 2008 of his then-teenage brothers.
The tit-for-tat bloodshed that authorities believe was associated with Blackwell's feud with the rival Chapel Hill Boys rocked the city: a fatal ambush at a family appliance store a shooting outside a funeral, and the spraying of gunfire at a backyard cookout that wounded 12 people.
As many as 27 people may have been shot in the violence that ensued in those 15 months, according to court documents and sources, most of it targeted at Blackwell's associates.
Skinner did not elaborate on the Blackwell ties, and it was not clear whether it was a resurfacing of the feud or whehter some of those associates were simply caught up in new conflicts.
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts spoke of Kenwood as well, but drew attention to gangs. Earlier in the day, he described North Kenwood Avenue this way: "On that small block of Kenwood, you have a Blood gang that has one block. On the other block, we have Black Guerilla Family on the next block and then we have another crew that has been coming in called DJ Boys who have to started come in."
The DJ Boys, according to sources, is a crew named after Decker and Jefferson Streets. Last month, a reputed member of the DJ Boys crew was fatally shot on Decker Street.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun