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Howard County teen charged in May Inner Harbor killing held without bail

Baltimore Police arrested a 15-year-old boy Thursday in the triple shooting at the Inner Harbor promenade on Memorial Day weekend that left one teen dead and two others injured.

The teen is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the shooting of 17-year-old Neal Mack III on May 28. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest but survived. The third victim, a 15-year-old girl, had a bullet graze her head, police said.

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Police have not given a motive for the shooting, but Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said previously that the shooting followed a confrontation, and that one or more suspects fired shots.

“It’s unknown whether either of the victims were intended targets,” Harrison said previously.

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In a south Baltimore District Courtroom Friday afternoon, the teen made his first court appearance, a bail review. Wearing a yellow jumpsuit, he appeared on a video call from the city’s juvenile detention center while Judge Flynn M. Owens explained the process to him. The Baltimore Sun is not naming the defendant because he is a minor.

Still a young boy, the teen just graduated from middle school with honors last week, said his mother, who declined to give her name to The Baltimore Sun because of frustration with news coverage of the incident so far.

She said her son was an A student who enjoys school, playing basketball and football.

“Say the good things about him,” the mother said, “not the false accusations (police) are going to put out there.”

The teen’s court-appointed lawyer told Owens the teen has no prior convictions, no run-ins with police and lives with his family. Owens ordered him held without bail. His next hearing is scheduled for June 30.

Prosecutors said the shooting was captured on video and there are several witnesses.

The shooting sparked outrage from residents and city leaders, and was among the latest incidents that unfolded as City Council members demanded answers from Baltimore Police officials on how they would address the city’s unrelenting violence.

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“I am absolutely disgusted with the state of public safety in this city,” Councilman Eric Costello said at a budget hearing with police officials just days after the shooting. “The police department plays a role in that,” Costello said.

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He and other council members drafted a letter demanding a short-term crime plan after calling the city’s recent violence “beyond comprehension.”

Police have not given a motive for the shooting, but Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said previously that the shooting followed a confrontation, and that one or more suspects fired shots.

The Inner Harbor shooting occurred near the bustling amphitheater at the Inner Harbor, where crowds had gathered over the holiday weekend. Several witnesses described the brazenness of the attack.

“People hit the deck, some with young children, just hit the ground. Others were running,” one man said told The Baltimore Sun shortly after the shooting. He asked to remain anonymous out of concern for his safety.

The department announced the arrest Thursday night after members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested the teen at his home in Howard County earlier that day.


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