After Charmaine Wilson’s son complained to her about being bullied and having his bike seat stolen, she called the police. Police responded to the call on Monday night, took a report and upon their departure an unknown suspect shot her.
“It’s a petty dispute that’s resolved with gun violence,” Police Commissioner Kevin David said at a City Hall meeting with Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday morning.
Pugh joined Davis in saying that such incidents “pique people’s fears because they think they can’t get engaged in the process of trying to help us reduce crime.”
“We want to protect anyone who wants to come forward,” she said. “We don’t want this to happen to anybody who wants to step up and help us reduce the violence that’s happening in the city.”
Sebastian Dvorak, 27, was fatally shot about four hours later, while walking along Boston Street. The circumstance surrounding Dvorak’s killing remains unclear and there is no motive, police said.
Dvorak was employed at Ryleigh’s Oyster and worked the chain’s Hunt Valley and Mount Vernon locations. The restaurant’s owner, Brian McComas, said Dvorak did not show up for his shift on Tuesday afternoon. His death was “hitting the Ryleigh’s family pretty hard,” McComas added.
“It just shows you that this kind of stuff is far-reaching and is reaching epic proportions,” McComas said. “It’s just out of control.”
Wilson and Dvorak were among the six people killed and 12 shot between Monday night and Tuesday morning. At 1:31 a.m. on Tuesday morning, police were called to an area hospital, where a 25-year-old man was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.
Police said the man was “being highly evasive and refusing to cooperate with investigators” and provided no information about the incident.
It has been an historic and violent year for Baltimore with 159 homicides already recorded. A temporary deployment initiative was issued on Tuesday by the police department, requiring officers to work 12-hour shifts and stay on the street. The deployment will run through the weekend, at which time officials will reevaluate the situation and respond accordingly.
About 8:20 p.m. Monday, police responded to a call in the 1100 block of Mount Holly Street, where a man was fatally shot in his vehicle. Police identified the victim as Marco Stevenson, 22, of the 4300 block of Cedar Garden Road.
Data from gun cases released by the police department revealed that 60 percent of defendants, who were found guilty, had half of their sentence suspended. The data consisted of 565 gun cases in the city since January 2016. The findings also revealed that offenders were often committing more crimes, while on probation or a suspended sentence for a previous gun arrest.
Pugh supports making illegal gun possession a felony.
“When it’s not even a felony you don’t get a sentence to keep people behind bars,” she said. “We’re not taking this seriously at the court level enough in terms of the sentences.”