Baltimore Police arrested 25-year-old Keon White in the shooting of 3 teenagers in East Baltimore Wednesday night, police said. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of shooting three teens on a crowded street in East Baltimore, officials said Thursday.
Keon White is accused of shooting two boys, ages 13 and 15, and a 16-year-old girl during a fight between two women Wednesday night that escalated into a brawl in the 800 block of N. Glover St., police said. All three victims were expected to survive.
"I don't think there's a dispute that would ever justify shooting three teenagers," interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said during an afternoon news conference. "This guy is a 25-year-old man. It's disgusting."
Police did not detail the charges against White, and they had not been entered into the state's online database Thursday evening.
Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said the shooting followed a "very minuscule dispute that was irrelevant, and absolutely no gunplay should come into a neighborhood dispute like that."
Police said witnesses identified the suspect's car, leading detectives to a home around the corner, where White was arrested. Witnesses identified him in a photo lineup, police said.
Police have not publicly identified the shooting victims. But Shakee Johns, 18, said the female victim is his sister Stasia.
Johns said his sister, a rising sophomore at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences, "was trying to calm people down and got caught in the crossfire." She was shot in the leg.
Johns said his sister underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police said the 13-year-old boy was shot in the chest and the 15-year-old was shot in the chest and shoulder. They said the three victims were taken to area hospitals but did not provide updates on their condition.
Johns described his sister as "a people person" and a dog lover who aspires to be a veterinarian.
Neighbors said several dozen young people were in the street Wednesday night when the yelling and fighting began. Bernadett Harrison said she called police at 10:05 p.m., before the shooting, and then two more times before officers showed up.
She and others described the block as a quiet part of a sometimes-violent neighborhood.
Kirsten Allen, 27, said she heard shots, went outside and saw the wounded girl in the street.
"Everybody else had pretty much scattered by then," she said.
She grabbed a towel from inside and wrapped the girl's leg. She said the girl's mother was outside with her.
Allen, who volunteers with OC 250, a recreational program in Oliver, said there is not enough for children in the community to do. As she sat on her steps, a half-dozen young kids rode their bicycles up and down the block, popping wheelies.
"This neighborhood is what it is, but it's a decent block," she said.
James Harris, 58, who recently moved to the block, said he heard groups of kids fighting and looked out his window. He saw people across the street slamming into cars and throwing punches.
Then he heard shots.
"I was hoping that it didn't escalate to where it did. It just happened so quickly. Within about five minutes I hear gunshots," he said.
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Davis and Palmere credited witnesses with leading police to the suspect.
"I would hope that they're fed up as much as we are," Palmere said. "We encourage the community to be out enjoying these beautiful nights, as we had last night. That's what Baltimore's about. Baltimore is enjoying people out on their stoops, sitting on their marble steps, cooking out, enjoying beautiful summer nights, eating some steamed crabs, and I hope they are fed up."