BALTIMORE — Crime scene tape marks the spot in Reservoir Hill where police discovered a 48-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound and a friend who had been carjacked while using their car for an illegal hack.
“They picked up three teenagers, two females and a male, at the intersection of North Avenue and Eutaw Street,” said Det. Donny Moses of the Baltimore City Police Department. “They were instructed to take them to the 2200 block of Park Avenue, at which time one of female teenagers paid the hack five dollars---just around the corner for the most part, and at that time, the teenage male assaulted the victim in this case. He struck him in the back of the head."
When the two people jumped out of the car to fight off the three teens, the male suspect pulled out a gun and shot him in the middle of his back.
The teens then fled in the victim's 2015 model black, four-door Kia Soul with Virginia tags.
"If it's an unlicensed cab, hey, you're taking a risk," said 79-year-old John McKoy.
A retiree and veteran, McKoy spoke of the senselessness of picking up strangers in an unlicensed cab and of the violence just after three o'clock in the morning committed by three people who are still in their teens.
"You really can't blame the kids, themselves,” said McKoy. “Where are your parents at? What are your parents doing for them?"
Hacking---an illegal practice, which set the stage for a violent crime, which has left the victim in critical condition.