4 people shot near playground in Pigtown

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 17:58:32-04

Four people were shot near a playground in Pigtown Wednesday, and the search for suspects is underway in the city.

The victims range in age from 18 to 47 and are all expected to survive. Police say most of the victims were shot in the arms or legs. At this point police aren't sure how many shooters they're looking for.

It happened just off Washington Boulevard on Carroll Street.

"Unfortunately in this case, we're talking about people who are not unknown to the criminal justice system. We don't know if this is retaliation or part of an ongoing beef," Lt. Jarron Jackson of the Baltimore Police Department said.

"Often people just feel disempowered when they're angry and they feel hopeless and used and just pushed aside, whatever all of that stuff is about. So violence and revenge feels like the way to have power over and teach someone a lesson," Erricka Bridgeford, founding member and vice president of Village Keepers, said.

Addressing and reducing emotional and physical violence in the city is what 'Village Keepers' is all about. The organization started in January. 

Bridgeford said mass shootings like the one on Carroll street serve as motivation to get out and work towards better and safer times in Baltimore

"We are often in war zones, we are often in very sad conditions but we also have a lot of hope. Anything that needs to get fixed, you cant find it getting fixed in Baltimore. You can find somebody working to fix that thing and doing it. I think we would have a lot more violence if there weren't so many organizations doing the good work that's happening in Baltimore," she told ABC2. 

Village Keepers is hosting a five week workshop for young people. It's called "I am Whole". It'll be held at the 29th street Community Center at 300 E. 29th St. The program is on Thursday nights from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 


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