A 13-year-old may be spending Christmas in the hospital after police say he was shot by a former Baltimore police officer during an attempted carjacking in Carroll Park.
The unnamed 73-year-old man was sitting in his car yesterday afternoon in the Southwest Baltimore park off of Washington Boulevard when a group of teens approached. Police said one of them opened his car door and brandished what appeared to be a very real handgun.
In response, the man shot the boy once. The 13-year-old was promptly taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he’s listed in critical condition. His friends split from the scene, according to police. The shooter, who turned out to be a private investigator, remained there and went to police headquarters to give his account of the incident.
Investigators learned the man was a police officer in the city during the late 1960s and early 1970s and is now working as a private investigator. Police say he was legally allowed to have a gun, since he holds a concealed carry permit issued by Maryland State Police. They also found the firearm the boy had brandished turned out to be only a replica, though as you can in the photo to the right, that would be difficult to discern right away.
Police shot another 13-year-old this past April in an incident also involving a fake gun. Two detectives had spotted the boy holding what looked like a real firearm at the corner of Baltimore and Asquith Streets in East Baltimore. An officer shot him when he tried to split from the scene.
Incidents like these have spurred Baltimore City lawmakers to ban replica guns altogether. The City Council took the ban up for a full vote this fall and eventually passed it on Dec. 5. Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed it into law that same day in one of her final moves in office. Starting next month, anyone found with a fake gun will face a $250 fine on the first offense and a $1,000 fine each time thereafter.
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