Baltimore police have identified the teenage victim of a fatal shooting which occurred after a sleepover in Cherry Hill Saturday morning.
Michael Brooks, 15, was shot and killed by an unidentified 11-year-old who was apparently playing with a gun, police said. Police could not say how many times Brooks was shot or who owned the gun. The gun was secured in the house, but the children had found a key or passcode to unlock it, said police spokesman Kevin Brown. As of Sunday morning, no charges have been filed against the shooter or any adults who may have been present, Brown said.
"We want this to serve as a reminder of the extreme importance of securing weapons in the home," Brown said.
Police were also trying to determine the relationship between the homeowner and the boy, the number of children in the house, and where in the house the shooting occurred. Police said the shooter and the victim were together with several other children after a sleepover. The shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m.
Residents of the 2400 block of Seamon Ave. broke down in tears Saturday afternoon when they learned that the boy had died.
Shana Harris, 28, lives across the street from the home where the shooting happened. She heard the victim's younger brother yelling just after the incident and recalled that he came out of the house crying and saying, "Help me please, help me please, somebody's shot my brother."
Harris, who only moved to the neighborhood recently, said she feels bad for both families. She recalled an ambulance arriving to collect the young victim. Police said he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma where he was declared dead. Police said he was shot at least once in the head.
Sun reporter Annie Linskey contributed to this article.