Five people were shot during a community vigil commemorating a shooting victim in Baltimore, authorities say.
According to investigators, 20-30 people attended the vigil that was being held for Jermaine Scofield, a 24-year-old black man who was fatally shot in the same spot early Sunday in Baltimore. Suddenly, at about 6:30 p.m., a gunman started shooting into the crowd.
Baltimore police spokesman Donny Moses described the situation as “pandemonium.”
This occurred just shortly after Doreen, Scofield’s mother, had begged racial protesters to refrain from reacting to her son’s tragedy, saying more violence is “not going to bring my son back. I just want to bury my son.”
"We only wanted to celebrate my son, and they're shooting at us," Doreen cried after she, her family and friends abandoned the vigil for safety. "What else is it you want? What else do you want? You got my son ... and you're still shooting at us because we have a candlelight vigil? When will it end?"
According to police reports, four women and one man were wounded by the gunshots, although none of them had sustained life-threatening injuries. According to the Baltimore Sun, a 27-year-old woman was shot in her ankle, a 48-year old woman was grazed in her stomach, a 31-year-old man was shot in his foot, a 24-year old woman was shot in her shin, and a 20-year old woman was shot in her thigh.
62-year-old Keith Bailey, a reverend and neighbor, was watching from his chair across the street from the vigil when the shooting broke out.
"Every week, I do a funeral for some baby that's been shot," he said. "I'm in the funeral home 24 hours a day."
Bailey said he was having trouble sleeping recently due to the regular occurrence of violence and death in his neighborhood.
“It’s not an easy thing to see," he said. "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.”
Scofield was the father of two young children.
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