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Three injured in shooting near Johns Hopkins hospital; Commissioner says criminals fear no consequences – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A brazen shooting broke out on the edge of the campus at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Wednesday morning.

Just before 10:30 a.m., three people were injured near the intersection of North Broadway and Ashland Avenue. Police said the trio of gunshot victims would survive. The violence shook residents in the area.

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“I think it’s sad. I really do,” said Jennifer Taylor. “It could have been us.”

Her sister Jessica Taylor told WJZ that “it looked like a movie” and that violence seems to be everywhere in Baltimore.

The shooting happened even though an off-duty Baltimore police officer who worked for Johns Hopkins was stationed in a guard booth on the nearest corner of Broadway’s median.

A man who said he was one of the victims of the shooting approached WJZ investigator Mike Hellgren later that afternoon.

He declined an interview but said “that’s what happens in Baltimore.” He said he hurt his leg.

On Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison briefed the city council’s Public Safety Committee.

“There was a police officer — an off-duty officer — who was working overtime for Johns Hopkins and was in a guard booth right near this intersection, just 30 feet from where it happened,” Harrison said. “And when it happened, after observing it, he had to rush to the aid of the victims. So we are seeing an increase in that audacity.”

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He also spoke of a sharp increase in shootings with multiple victims since the beginning of the year.

“The consequences — the belief that there aren’t any, or the lack of any fear of real consequences, whether real or perceived — and that’s just extremely shocking,” Harrison said.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Mark Conway pressed the commissioner on what is being done.

He said he recently had a conversation with one of his constituents who is afraid.

“What she explained to me was that she was uncomfortable, that crime is everywhere and it can happen to anyone for any reason at any time — day or night,” he said. “I think that fear weighs on a lot of people.”

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Police solved 54.4% of homicides and 25.6% of non-fatal shootings this year. The clearance rate has increased compared to last year.

Also on Wednesday, a new $8,000 reward was offered to help solve the murder of one of Baltimore’s youngest murder victims, 15-year-old Braylon Gannon. He was shot dead on West Lafayette Avenue over the weekend.

WJZ has reported that it took more than four hours for police to locate the Carver Vo-Tech High student in an alleyway in West Baltimore.

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You can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup with tips and remain anonymous.

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