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14-year-old boy shot in the neck in West Baltimore Friday

A 14-year-old boy was shot Friday night in the Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore City.

At 9:21 p.m., Western District police responded to a call in the 1900 block of Walbrook Ave. and found the youth, who had been struck in the neck, police said. He was taken to an area hospital with non-critical injuries.

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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said Saturday he was angry to learn of another child being shot in the city, this incident coming after a spate of such violence last week.

“We’re just grateful that the young man is going to survive,” Scott told The Baltimore Sun. “We’re grateful that it’s not another tragedy like we’ve had before in the city recently. "

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But the violence against youth is just the latest example of the need for a more proactive approach from his police department and a cultural shift in the city, Scott said. The mayor pledged to push Baltimore police leadership to find a way to interject before the violence erupts, touting an initiative to track the flow of illegal guns into the city, but encouraged communities to teach their youths not to settle scores with bullets.

“We need people to step up, especially men in our community, to work with our young men, to show them how to deal with conflict in another way, show them how to really grow up and be a true man and let them know that having a gun doesn’t make you a bigger man, being able to shoot somebody doesn’t make you a bigger man, it actually makes you weak because it means that you don’t know how to deal with your emotions,” Scott said. “It’s up to us to teach that in a culture sense while it’s my job to push the city agencies to be better.”

The shooting of the boy wouldn’t be the last of the night in Baltimore. About five hours later, in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Franklin Square, gunfire felled a 32-year-old man in the 1400 block of W. Saratoga St.

Around 1:45 a.m., a patrol officer heard shots and responded to the site, where a citizen pointed out the victim, who’d been shot multiple times, according to Baltimore police. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where his condition is unknown. Because of the severity of his wounds, homicide detectives are investigating.

Police ask anyone with information about either shooting to call (410) 396-2477 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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