A man walked up to a group conducting a candlelight vigil for a Baltimore rapper and opened fire on the crowd shooting five people. The vigil was being held for rapper Jermaine Scofield who was killed on Sunday.
About 20 to 30 people had gathered on the street where Scofield was killed to celebrate his life, the Baltimore Sun reported Monday night. Scofield was shot to death at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning. No suspects in his murder have been found.
Police had taped off the area for the family and friends to carry out their vigil Monday evening when a man approached and opened fire. One man and four women were shot. All are expected to survive. The Baltimore Sun reported that the man ran away after the shooting and has not been found.
One man who owns a floral shop nearby said he thought she heard the sound of balloons popping. “When I looked up, I saw people running,” Keith Bailey said. “It was very hard to see.”
Scofield’s mother, Doreen Scofield spoke of her attempt to honor her 24-year-old son’s death.
“We only wanted to celebrate my son and they’re shooting at us,” she told Baltimore Sun reporter Tim Prudente. “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?”
The injuries were described as light. A 27-year-old woman was shot in her ankle while a 48-year-old woman had her stomach grazed by a bullet. Two other women in their twenties were shot in their legs and a 31-year-old man was shot in his foot.
The exacerbated florist spoke of crime in the area saying, “Every week, I do a funeral for some baby that’s been shot. I’m in the funeral home 24 hours a day.”
The Baltimore Sun reported that over 300 people were killed in the city by gunfire last year. More than 130 have died so far this year.
“I’m tired. I’m tired,” Doreen Scofield told Prudente. “It’s innocent people being shot. Enough is enough.”