BALTIMORE, Md. — The grandfather of the 2-year-old boy that was among five shot in South Baltimore thanked officers for their responding efforts that saved the life of his grandson and his mother after they were shot.
It was a hail of gunfire, 22 shots that sent officers Carlos Arias and Daisha Simms running toward the scene at Ramsey and Fulton street.
Immediately they saw baby Chase.
They made the decision to put the 2 year old in the car and sped to Shock Trauma. When they got to the Trauma Center, Officer Arias, who has a 2 year old himself, didn't think, he just acted.
"Once we got over there, I realized the baby was shot on the side, so I put my finger in his side to stop the bleeding and then I just carried him and put him on the bed and I told the doctors, you know this is what is going on. And I think that was when it hit home," said Officer Arias.
Plugging the toddler's gun shot wound with his own finger, Arias' quick action no doubt helped save the boy's life. His mother was also shot along with two other men and a 1 year old that are in stable condition at Hopkins.
Chase's grandfather expressed how he has a new appreciation for the Baltimore Police Department.
"I have a new found faith because these guys have worked extra hard and overtime to make sure my babies were safe. You hear a lot of bad things and some people don't have trust in police officers, well these guys surely proved this time," said Chase's grandfather.
It was a sincere gratitude this Southwest Baltimore family wanted to share on Tuesday as they all met again for the first time since the tragic shooting.
Chase’s grandfather says the toddler has a long way to go but he has faith mother and son will make a full recovery. The @BaltimorePolice officers and family met again today to say thanks. @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/abrA9LOPT6— Brian Kuebler (@BrianKuebler_) May 7, 2019
The ATF Baltimore Field Division and Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland announced a collaborative award of up to $15,000 for information that will lead to the arrest of the person responsible for the shooting of two toddlers and three adults in South Baltimore.
Police say unknown armed men got out of a silver, mid-2000s model Honda Accord and opened fire at the intersection of Ramsey and Monroe streets.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP or the Baltimore Police Department's Citywide Shooting Unit at 410-396-2221.Tips can also be provided to ATF by calling 888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or emailing ATFTips@atf.gov.