|Monae Turnage, age 13|
Unfortunately, this is not the first shooting of a child in this neighborhood:Residents say they were stunned by last weekend's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Monae Turnage. Police said she was accidentally shot once in the chest with .22-caliber rifle inside a Darley Avenue home. She was then dragged across an alley and covered with trash bags, police said.Law enforcement sources say the rifle believed to have been used in the shooting was found in the vehicle of an off-duty Baltimore police officer, who has been suspended while his conduct after the shooting is investigated. Law enforcement sources identified the officer as John A. Ward, 32. Two boys, 12 and 13, are charged with involuntary manslaughter; the officer has not been charged with a crime.
"Every week you hear about somebody getting shot or stabbed," she said. "And young people!"
Last May, the violence hit close to home when 12-year-old Sean Johnson was shot in the 1700 block of Cliftview Ave., which runs parallel to Darley. He and several friends were watching an NBA playoff game on the front porch of a home, with a TV propped up in the window. Police said two males came around the corner, then returned and began shooting, leaving Sean sprawled on the pavement. He died two days later.From one of the residents: " "Too many guns around here playing," he said, shaking his head."
Kids should not be shot to death accidentally or intentionally, in our communities.
A police officer has been implicated as being involved. From a related article:
Two adolescent boys have already been charged with the death of Monae Turnage, a 13-year-old girl who, according to police, was killed by one of her classmates Saturday night while they played with a rifle inside a home in East Baltimore. But now that the .22 caliber rifle believed to have been used in the shooting has been found inside the vehicle of an off-duty police officer, investigators are starting to believe the boys didn’t act alone, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she is disgusted..
The unidentified officer was suspended Monday following the discovery of the weapon, but the victim’s mother and aunt are calling for his termination, saying they are outraged at the thought of possible police involvement with the young girl’s death. Meanwhile, two boys, ages 12 and 13, have already been charged as juveniles with involuntary manslaughter after they accidentally shot Monae in the chest, then dragged her body into an alley in the Darley Park neighborhood and covered it with trash bags.