A 10-year-old girl was injured when a gunfight broke out between dirt bike riders and a group of young men in Southwest Baltimore on Saturday night.
Police said the girl and her mother were walking in the 4100 block of Frederick Ave. around 7:15 p.m. when a group of males riding dirt bikes and another group of males started shooting at each other.
The girl suffered an injury to her forehead. She went home with her mother, who contacted police. The girl was taken to a hospital, but the nature of her injury — whether from a bullet or from a fall — had still not been determined Sunday morning.
“Medical personnel are unable to confirm whether the injury to the 10 year-old girl was caused by a gunshot wound,” police said in a statement. “The victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home with family.”
Mayor Brandon Scott visited the crime scene and expressed anger.
“What I want everyone to hear, and hear me very clearly, is that people who were here, people who were shot at, people who were shooting — somebody has to step up, man up and do the right thing,” Scott said. “Understand we’re going to hold you accountable and we’re not going to allow you to be comfortable, when you know whatever beef you had going on could be handled another way, and this young girl had nothing to do with it.”
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison added: “Our officers are working closely with community members to identify those responsible for this heinous act. Our children are our future and we cannot allow this type of act to be normalized. The individuals responsible for terrorizing our community with violence will be brought to justice.”
Police asked anyone with information to call Southwestern District detectives at 410-396-2488, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
The violence continued Sunday across Baltimore with four separate shootings across the city.
Around 9:15 p.m., officers were called to Southeast Baltimore in the 3400 block of Pulaski Highway for a shooting.
Police said they found a 35-year-old man suffering from a graze wound from gunfire.
Officers found out that the man was a security guard at the fast-food establishment and he got into an argument with someone and the suspect spit in his face before exiting the business.
The suspect then returned in a car and was circling the parking lot and fired a gun into the business. The victim was injured and the fast-food restaurant suffered a shattered window.
A few hours earlier, at approximately 4:11 p.m. officers were called to West Baltimore in the 1800 block of Mount St. for a shooting.
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A 24-year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds, police said, and investigators determined he was shot at approximately 6:38 a.m. in the 3100 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway and transported to the hospital by family.