Homicide detectives have charged a 14-year-old boy with the fatal shooting last week of a 15-year-old in Northwest Baltimore.
Police identified the suspect as Damonyae Malone, and he was arrested Monday night. He is charged with killing Jaileel Jones, who was shot on March 4 in the 5100 block of Chalgrove Ave. Jaileel was pronounced dead two days later.
Maryland court records state that Malone has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as attempted murder, assault and weapons offenses.
In a release that did not name Malone, police said that he knew Jones and that “this incident stemmed from an argument.” The department did not give any further information.
Neither relatives nor an attorney representing Malone be reached for comment.
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Charging documents state that Malone shot Jones in the head and was identified by at least one witness as Jones’ killer. The documents do not give any further insight as to what led to the shooting.
The shooting was one of several involving children last week in Baltimore, with five victims under the age of 17.
In a statement, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison called the killing “truly a tragic incident for the victim, suspect and all of their loved ones, who are now negatively impacted and are left with the trauma of this senseless act of violence.”
“We must continue to work every day and even harder to disrupt the violence that is tearing our communities and families apart, to include our youth,” Harrison said in his statement.
Mayor Brandon Scott called Jones’ death “a complete tragedy” in a statement.
“This incident also illustrates why we must address violence with a comprehensive strategy — one that does not solely rely on police, but that focuses on investing in our young people and providing our communities with meaningful support they need,” Scott said.