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Two children shot ‘indiscriminately’ in Annapolis’ Robinwood public housing community, police say

Two children, a boy and a girl, were shot “indiscriminately” around 7 p.m. Monday in Annapolis, according to police.

Police officers responded to the Robinwood public housing community in the 1300 block of Tyler Avenue following the report of a shooting at 7:10 p.m., according to a release from Annapolis Police. It’s not clear where the children were shot.

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One of the victims was sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center while the other is at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, according to police. There is no active threat to the public, a police spokesman said.

Annapolis Police Chief Edward C. Jackson said the children shot Monday night were likely not the intended targets. Jackson said an individual emerged from the woods and started firing “indiscriminately.” He said the children, who were outside playing, were shot from about 100 yards away. “We don’t know the extent of their injuries but we know they are still alive,” he said. Police were unable to provide ages for the children but the chief described them as “very young.”

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Jackson said there is no suspect information or motivate yet and described the investigation as “very active and fluid.”

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The police chief said last year his department handled five homicides and he touted that each case eventually led to an arrest.

“I get very frustrated with these trigger pullers,” Jackson said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can. We’re not playing in Annapolis, if you shoot, we’re coming for you.”

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley encouraged the community to come forward and help detectives. ”People think you can just solve crime off of cameras but it takes a village,” he said. “These kids were collateral damage.”

Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles said her family has lived in the area since the Civil War and she described the shooting as an “outrage.”

“We have good communities,” the city council public safety chair said. “We don’t need unnecessary violence in our communities.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-260-3439.

Baltimore Sun Media photographer Jeffrey F. Bill contributed to this article.


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