Baltimore-area police connected a single suspect to five area shooting incidents over the past week. Hong Young, 35, was arrested by Anne Arundel County police on Wednesday night after police recognized his car.
One week ago, a 3-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was shot in the leg by a shotgun. The shooter? His two-year-old cousin.
Yesterday, we reminded you not to leave your car running with the keys in the ignition unless you’re trying to get it stolen. And today, in further you-should-probably-already-know-this news, we remind you to not shoot your friend in the chest, even if he is wearing a bulletproof vest.
If you were on Twitter last night at around 5pm, you might have noticed a bunch of vague and troubling reports that Under Armour’s Locust Point headquarters were under lockdown. Unconfirmed reports of a shooter brought SWAT Teams in full riot gear to the UA building, and several South Baltimore streets were shut down for hours. Panic and speculation were rampant; was Locust Point going to be the site of the next massive public shooting? (Spoiler alert: No.)
Details are still sketchy, but the tragic overall picture is clear enough: early this morning several Price George’s County police officers responded to a shooting in College Park, Maryland, and found three young men — all students at the University of Maryland — who had been shot, two of them fatally. According to evidence on scene, one of the three roommates set a small fire in the house’s basement, perhaps to draw his fellow roommates to the basement. All three students left the house together, which is when the gunman began firing. After shooting both men, he went into the house’s backyard and shot himself.
As a high school history teacher, I look for ways to link the rhetoric of great thinkers to historical events. In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday that stole the lives of twenty children and seven adults, the words of late British historian Tony Judt, written in the New York Review of Books, best exemplify the crisis this tragedy has exposed.
When Alex Ulrich was killed in a double shooting in Baltimore last week, the city sat up and took notice. A vigil at the Washington Monument drew hundreds of mourners who celebrated Ulrich’s life, denounced violence, and honored the shooting’s other victim, popular Mount Vernonite Larry Peterson (who was critically injured but is recovering).