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Ferguson's Fragile Recovery Shaken After Police Casualties

Five people were shot in west Baltimore on Monday night (July 11), while attending a vigil for 24-year-old Jermaine Schofield, who died as a result of gun violence.

The victims of the shooting, which occurred around 6:45 p.m. on the 1800 block of West North Avenue, were between the ages of 20-48 and included four women and one man. Injuries consisted of ankle and leg gunshot wounds. One woman was also grazed in the stomach, police said.

Some of the victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance while others managed to get there on their own.

Around 20-30 people attended the vigil for Schofield, who was killed early Sunday morning at the same location.

“Here you are, coming together to have prayer, then, all of a sudden, gunfire comes,” Rev. Keith Bailey, president of the neighborhood association, said. “It’s not a pretty sight. There were some bullets [that came] from everywhere and we saw the people screaming. We don’t know where they came from.”

The gunman remains unknown.

“We’re still trying to locate witnesses, so this investigation is open, ongoing, and at the moment, still up in the air. We’re hoping to get some information that will point us to who this shooter is,” Baltimore Police Detective Donny Moses said.

Bailey was acquainted with Schofield and is believed to have known some of those shot at the vigil as well.

“It’s not an easy thing to see because just realize, some of those same kids that I see getting shot in this area, I’m pushing them down the aisle in the church or in the funeral home,” Bailey said.


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