Baltimore Police have arrested two men in connection with separate shootings this week – a quintuple shooting on Memorial Day and an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night.
David Warren, 23, faces five counts of attempted murder in the Memorial Day shooting, which sent five people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooting occurred during an afternoon cookout in the 500 block of 43rd Street in North Baltimore.
Davi Ralph, 29, who was shot by police Tuesday night, has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Police had chased Ralph following reports of gunshots near the 2600 block of Aisquith Street. Ralph fired shots at officers, who returned fire during the pursuit, police said. Ralph was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis addressed both arrests at a news conference Wednesday. He said a community tip identified the suspected shooter in the Memorial Day incident and officers apprehended Warren near the 1200 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, after he attempted to flee and discard of two loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns.
Davis said Warren is also a person of interest in other violent crimes and a member of the 10 Grand Club, which he described as a group of hitmen for hire.
Warren did not have an attorney listed in online court records.
Davis said the arrests of both Warren and Ralph reflect a trend of repeat violent offenders. He also noted that a recent homicide in East Baltimore involved individuals with previous weapons-related arrests.
"We don't have more bad guys than usual," Davis said. "We just have bad guys who are now, for whatever reason or for a variety of reasons, aren't facing the consequences that I think normal everyday people expect them to face."
Davis said punishments should be enforced with stiffer consequences. He noted that violence continues in the city despite a 78 percent increase in gun arrests this year.
"Certain people need to face stiffer, harsher, more certain consequences when they harm other people or when they choose to carry a firearm in our neighborhoods," Davis said. Judges, prosecutors and other components of the criminal justice system need to be held to the same standard as police, the commissioner said.
Warren was previously acquitted in a case connected to an East Baltimore drug and gun raid last year of a Safe Streets office. The raid found heroin, cocaine and seven guns, two of which were linked to multiple nonfatal shootings, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said the Memorial Day shootout was the result of a previous altercation in East Baltimore between Warren and one of the victims. The victims included a 30-year-old man, who was the intended target, along with two men, ages 25 and 59, and a 60-year-old woman, according to police. The woman, who is married to the 59-year-old victim, sustained a gunshot wound to her face. Her husband was shot in the buttocks.
Taiquan Moss, 20, who was shot in the arm, was arrested for handgun violations around 7:45 p.m. that day when he returned the scene with a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his waistband, police said.
The street where the shooting happened separates the Wilson Park and Pen Lucy neighborhoods. Three shootings, including one homicide, have occurred in Pen Lucy this year, according to police data through May 21.
Also Wednesday, police identified the man who was killed in a shooting in the 2200 block of Barclay Street on Tuesday as Shawn Gregg, 24. Davis said Gregg was a BGF gang member and on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, with prior handgun violations.
"The theme seems to be violent, repeat offenders," Davis said. "We're encountering way too many people out here, either as suspects and as victims, who should otherwise be behind bars."