After a shooting outside of Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday left three teenagers injured, two of them were charged with attempted murder, and two parents were taken into custody with charges pending for allegedly assisting in the assault.
According to CBS, authorities said around 7:50 AM the parents took their 15-year-old boy to assault another student at the school. After pistol-whipping the target, the boy fled and ran into another 15-year-old with whom an altercation broke out.
The two teens then began shooting at each other, where a 16-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire. Both 15-year-olds were taken to the hospital where they remained in stable condition, and the 16-year-old standard was treated and released.
In a statement, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby said, “No resident in any corner of our city should feel unsafe going to school in the morning.” He added, “No parent in our city should feel uneasy dropping their son or daughter off at the school doors. It's simply unacceptable, but that paralyzing fear is something too many residents in our city live with each day. We needed no reminder of that, but today brought all of those fears back to the surface.”
In a post on X, Baltimore City Public Schools informed the public about the shooting and that Crisis support was on site to offer assistance to students and staff. “We will continue to provide support to the Carver community. There will be a staggered schedule for Monday, October 30,” the post added.
One resident who heard the gunfire, Evelyn Talley, told the WJZ, “I come out in the morning to say my prayer, and next thing I know, all I heard was boom, boom, boom, boom.” She told the outlet that she has been at her residence for 30 years and noted how the neighborhood has changed.
“It was a nice neighborhood. Quiet. Peaceful. Everybody knew one another,” Talley said. “We looked out for the older people. Now, it seems like nobody cares.”
The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) said in a post on X, “MONSE stands ready to support our partners at Baltimore City Public Schools, the Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success, BPD, the Carver community, and – most importantly – the victims of this morning's shooting and their families.”
“Today's event underscores the importance of continuing our work in partnership with our fellow agencies and community-based organizations to prioritize the needs of our city's youth and develop comprehensive solutions to ensure that they can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment,” it concluded.