Annapolis police Chief Ed Jackson said a disagreement during a party on Clay Street likely led to the gunfire that erupted early Sunday, killing a 28-year-old Baltimore man, injuring three others and striking homes on Clay Street.
“I take it personally to be here and this violence is senseless. We are going to do everything to put a stop it,” Jackson said. “We are working tirelessly to figure out who or whom did this.”
Annapolis officers responded to the 100 block of Clay St. around 12:11 a.m., for several reports of shots fired, police said. Upon arrival, officers located a man in the rear of a residence suffering from injuries consistent with being shot. The victim was identified as 28-year-old Shawn McGowan, of Baltimore. He died from his injuries.
Three additional victims suffering from gunshot wounds were located inside a residence. Police said two of the victims were 17-year-old girls from Annapolis, whom they did not identify, and the other they identified as 26-year-old Tijee Bennett, also of Annapolis. They are all being treated at a local hospital, police said.
Jackson said a number of houses were also struck by gunfire and police recovered many shell casings. Police believe a semiautomatic handgun or other high-powered weapons were used in the shooting.
Annapolis police said they don’t know the identity of the suspect.
“Crime is environmental, where you have hopelessness, you have crime,” Jackson said at a news conference Sunday. “I have to use my platform to challenge other agencies to step up.”
Jackson said he left his son’s birthday party for the news conference to show his commitment to solve the crime.
Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles spoke about initiatives that she and other leaders are implementing in the city.
“We are first going to work with residents and we are establishing the office of community services,” Pindell-Charles said. “I understand where the hopelessness comes from, and what we see now, we are trying to see less of in the future.”
Alderman Fred Paone, whose district includes Clay Street, was on the scene from midnight to 2 a.m., he said.
“It is awful and we aren’t used to this kind of thing happening here,” Paone said. “It is just totally nonsensical.”
When talking about the parties that occur in the area, Paone said, “It’s not against the law to have parties, but you should be responsible for the party staying under control."
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Detectives are investigating this incident and urge anyone with information to call detectives at 410-260-3439 or to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP and submit an anonymous tip. If your tip leads to an arrest or indictment you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000, police said.