Victim of attack in Federal Hill receives support from Catonsville community

When Sal Schittino Jr., 24, was attacked and robbed by a group of teens on mopeds Sunday, it was a shock to his family, who live in Catonsville and own Scittino's Italian Marketplace on Edmondson Avenue.

"We're all devastated — nothing like this has ever happened to anyone in our family," said Josie Schroeter, 62, his aunt, who co-owns Scittino's with his father, Salvatore Schittino Sr.

"No one would have thought this would have happened to Sal Jr.," she said Thursday. "He's such a kind person who always wants to help out others."

The younger Schittino, a resident of Federal Hill, was stabbed in the heart, liver and lung, and is being treated for his injuries at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Schroeter said.

"We're all very upset," Schroeter said. "With each day that he improves, our own emotions improve as well.

"We heard today they are going to take him out of intensive care," she said Thursday.

Schittino is a 2008 Loyola Blakefield graduate who played basketball at the all-boys Catholic school in Towson and then for Washington College from 2008 to 2012.

He will start graduate school in the fall at McDaniel College in Westminster, where he will pursue a degree in psychology, Schroeter said.

A posting on the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association Facebook page Monday said a man had been attacked and robbed, with few details offered by Baltimore City police.

Police waited until Tuesday to release official details of the case, confirming that a 24-year-old man had been attacked and robbed by a group of teenagers on mopeds.

The lack of details upset many who live in the area.

"The police didn't give the information at first because it was in the Federal Hill neighborhood," Schroeter said. "I think it's important for people to know it could happen anywhere."

Baltimore City Police said on Friday afternoon that they could not provide any additional details about Schittino's attack and asked anyone with information to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Schroeter said the family appreciates support they have received from members of the community.

On Scittino's Italian Market Place Facebook page, hundreds have posted comments to support the family.

"You don't know me Sal. I just wanted to tell you how sorry I feel that you went through that. No one should experience such a horrific act of violence. May God bless you and give you peace and a full recovery," wrote Carol Ann Mason.

Sherry Lewis wrote, "Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Prayers the attackers are caught."

"The outpouring of support from the entire community has been unbelievable," Schroeter said. "Every day, people bring cards and ask if there is anything we need."

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this story.

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