The residents of the city of Baltimore that are under the age of 17 are now facing a citywide curfew for this coming summer in the wake of two teens being injured Sunday evening due to a shooting in a crowd of almost 200 minors huddled around the site of the shooting.
As reported by local media outlets, a massive police presence was needed to break up a fight that took place at the Inner Harbor at close to 9:00 pm that night, resulting in the gunshot wound injury of a 14-year-old and 16-year-old. Authorities have explained that a pair of people were arrested, including one that was found by police carrying a loaded firearm inside the police headquarters parking garage after managing to flee the scene via a dirt bike, and another thought to be involved in the shooting that hurt two children.
In the wake of the report, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott sounded the call to initiate a curfew of 9:00 P.M. for all minors under the age of 14 and another 10 p.m. curfew for anyone younger than 17.
"I want everyone to hear me, and hear me clearly," stated Scott, as reported by CBS. "We are going back to the old days. We will be enforcing a youth curfew as we move into the latter spring and summer months."
Scott stated that the city would now be hosting new summer camps and programs, none of which have currently been officially announced as of writing.
"We are going to have summer camp," stated Mayor Scott. "We are going to do the great things we do in recreation and parks, but we are also going to put a sense of accountability on families. We want our young kids to come out to the Inner Harbor and enjoy it in a safe way."
Michael Harrison, the Baltimore Police Commissioner, spoke out about the incident as part of a press conference in the wake of the shooting, stating that well over 40 officers were called in to respond to the massive scene.
"This speaks to a larger issue, that young people have easy access to these firearms and would use them indiscriminately, shooting people within 30 feet with 25 to 30 police officers who were in the area," stated Harrison. "They don’t care about the consequences and have no respect for human life or authority to pull off that brazenly cowardly act in front of police officers."
A number of residents spoke out to local media in order to describe a disturbing atmosphere in the area of Inner Harbor.
"You want to be able to come out any time and be safe. So, that makes me feel like we have to come in before dark," explained one resident, Tammy Williams.