Baltimore Crime Victim on Life Support After Hospital Shooting
A 24-year-old Baltimore crime victim is on life support with critical injuries after a shooting at the University of Maryland Medical Center, reported The Baltimore Sun. The authorities have not yet identified the victim but reported that he is in stable condition for the time being.
This act of violence occurred at approximately 7 a.m. on February 4th in the 600 block of West Redwood Street. At that point, the victim was just east of the hospital ambulance bay. That is when a male assailant approached and shot the victim twice — one gunshot wound to the backside and one to the face.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the authorities placed the hospital on lockdown. Police officers swept the area and scanned for threats. Shortly thereafter, University of Maryland police officers were able to apprehend a 26-year-old male suspect, approximately two blocks north of the hospital. The suspect was in possession of a loaded firearm at the time of arrest.
According to a statement from the Baltimore Police Department, the assailant is from the 900 block of Lemmon Street. Early reports indicate that the assailant knew the victim personally. Though the authorities do not know the exact details of their relationship at this early stage.
After arresting the 26-year-old suspect, the police took him into custody and charged him with several crimes, including attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several weapon offenses. As of late Monday, the suspect is awaiting further legal proceedings at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center.
The present hospital shooting is the latest in a series of similar events at medical facilities in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Most recently:
- In June 2018, Baltimore police officers shot and tasered a 27-year-old man in a behavioral health clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center; and
- In October 2017, a 31-year-old woman fatally stabbed her 33-year-old husband at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the couple’s son was receiving medical care.
Going even further back, Johns Hopkins Hospital experienced a tragic shooting in 2010 as well. At that time, a 50-year-old man was upset with the medical treatment his 84-year-old mother was receiving at the hospital. He went to the hospital with a loaded firearm and shot three people. He fatally shot himself and his mother as well as seriously wounded a physician. Medical staff were able to save the physician’s life by providing immediate treatment for his gunshot wound.
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