By: Ellie Sudderth
BALTIMORE (mocsnews.com) – Baltimore authorities revealed Thursday afternoon that two additional adolescents have been detained in connection with a mass shooting that occurred earlier this summer during a block party in Brooklyn, Baltimore leaving two people dead and 28 others wounded.
Police arrested Aaron Brown, an 18 year old and a 14 year old who was not identified to the public. According to officials, both are accused of several offenses including attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. Police had previously arrested another teenager accused of having a gun during the shooting and another for shooting at the crowd with Brown.
This is not Brown’s first connection to a shooting. He was incarcerated for connection to an unrelated shooting. While his house was being searched a gun was found with shell casings consistent to ones found at the Brooklyn scene. The 14-year-old’s allegations against him are not available but officials say he was arrested at school.
Brown is charged with 68 counts and was shot in the hand while firing his weapon. He then ran away with suspect Tristan Jackson, the second teen to be arrested for this shooting. While running, Jackson took the gun from Brown’s wounded hand and continued to fire shots at people.
The police response time was likely the worst in Baltimore history, according to city leaders. Mayor Brandon M. Scott has publicly released a series of after-action reports compiled by multiple city agencies following this mass shooting on July 2, 2023.
The report found that in the hours before the annual summer festival in south Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood became a crime scene, officers and supervisors repeatedly disregarded warnings about the crowd. The crowd had grown to nearly 1,000 people including some who appeared armed and disorderly. The majority of those shot by firearms were teenagers and young adults.
None of the teens arrested to date have been charged with murder.