Par­ents, stu­dents rat­tled by shoot­ing

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Kevin Rec­tor krec­tor@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/rec­tor­sun

As Jameka Mosby walked to­ward her daugh­ter’s East Bal­ti­more ele­men­tary school around dis­missal time Tues­day af­ter­noon, she saw the po­lice heli­copter hov­er­ing above in tight cir­cles.

“I thought, ‘Why’s he fly­ing like that right over my child’s school?’ ” she said. “Then I started to panic.” Mosby would soon learn from other par­ents that a male vic­tim be­lieved to be in his 20s had been shot in the head less than a block from the front en­trance of Ce­cil Ele­men­tary School. The vic­tim, whom po­lice did not iden­tify, was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Of­fi­cers were called to the 2000 block of Ce­cil Av­enue about 2:25 p.m., just as stu­dents were pre­par­ing to walk down the block on their way home. Ad­min­is­tra­tors an­nounced a brief lock­down be­fore dis­miss­ing stu­dents through a rear en­trance.

Tif­fany Ford, whose 5-year-old daugh­ter Mikel is in pre-kinder­garten at the school, said she was shak­ing as she walked around to the rear of the school to find her daugh­ter.

“I’m just ter­ri­fied,” she said, as she pushed her 1-year-old son Ma­son in a stroller. “Right near her school. It’s like you’re not safe any­where. It’s a lot.”

Mosby, who­said she was the sis­ter of City Coun­cil­man Nick Mosby, gath­ered up her daugh­ter, nine-year-old Jam­era, at the rear of the school.

She found it re­as­sur­ing that no stu­dents were in­jured, but was still shaken.

“I just think it’s up­set­ting and very sad,” she said. “The cul­prit who com­mit­ted this has to be a very dis­gust­ing hu­man be­ing to do that right at the end of school.”

Jam­era, a fourth-grader, was in the bath­room when the lock­down was an­nounced over the school’s speak­ers. She ran back to her class­room afraid.

“Peo­ple were cry­ing. Peo­ple were lay­ing down on the floor,” she said. She asked her mother if she could stay home from school to­day, but her mother said no. Jam­era called the at­tack “tragic.” “We don’t want our school get­ting hurt,” she said.

An ad­min­is­tra­tor at the school de­clined to com­ment.

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