Gunmen jumped out of a car on an Interstate 83 exit ramp Tuesday just before noon and opened fire on a 17-year-old boy who was washing windows in the intersection, shooting him multiple times before speeding off, police and witnesses said.
The attack marked the third time in three days that a child has been shot in the streets of Baltimore. In Tuesday’s shooting police said the teenager was targeted by the gunmen. The boy was shot in his legs and hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening, a police spokeswoman said.
Police did not offer a possible motive for the 11:45 a.m. attack on the exit ramp to Mount Royal and North avenues in Bolton Hill.
The intersection brings steady traffic into the city and it’s a popular spot for panhandlers and the young people who wash drivers’ windows for money. Jake Smith said he was panhandling across the street when he heard the first pops of gunfire.e
“When I looked over there, a young man was standing over the boy while he was on the ground and he was just steady shooting,” Smith said.
Smith remembered hearing multiple gunshots. He ran for cover.
After the shooters drove away, he brought a blanket over to place under the boy’s head. Smith said the boy was conscious. A crowd of people were coming to help.
Smith figured the shooters knew the victim because it all happened so fast and he heard no commotion to suggest an argument.
“I could be wrong,” he said, “but this was kids beefing with each other. I can’t imagine another driver would get out of the car and shoot somebody that many times.”
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Police closed the exit ramp Tuesday afternoon while investigators marked the evidence and photographed the crime scene. Across the busy intersection, one driver crashed into the back of a stopped car. Then a van caught fire across the street. A firetruck came blaring in.
Smith went on walking the busy intersection and collecting money but said he felt shaken by the violence.
“It was horrific,” he said. “I don’t ever want to see something like that.”
On Saturday, 10-year-old Kaelin Washington was shot in the chest by a bullet fired blocks away during a street gunfight between two groups, police said. She remains hospitalized, and doctors expect her to make a full recovery.