BALTIMORE — No shoot zones are seen all over Baltimore City. "I can't tell you not to shoot, but I can say don't shoot here," said Tyree Moorehead.
Moorehead started these 'no shoot zones' in 2015 as soon as he got out of prison. He was a shooter and spent 18 years in prison for a 25-year sentence. He said he can relate to young kids who pick up a gun. He spray paints 'no shoot zone' in a handful of cities, including Baltimore. Now, there are 168. Something he said is successful because "there's only been 10 reoccurring shooting after the paint went up."
The newest sign was put on the corner of Monroe and Ramsey Streets, where a 1 year old was shot in the leg, a 2 year old shot in the side, and a mother shot in the neck. "We are not allowing anymore 1 and 2 year olds to be shot in Baltimore," said Moorehead.
To help these families get through this difficult time, Moorehead spearheaded a collection of toys and clothes for the little ones. 1-year-old T.J. was just released from the hospital. His aunt came to the gathering and said T.J. is a strong, happy baby. 2-year-old Chase is still in critical condition. His mom is recovering. She sent a message thanking everyone for their support and stressing the need for change.
As these families heal, the community stands behind them. They ended the gathering on Friday with a prayer, holding each others hands. They said, "we're in this fight together."
Moorehead plans on having a cookout for this community. For more information, click here.
On the other side of the city, a group gathered to spread a similar message. People stood on Edmondson Avenue and said "Honk for peace" as cars drove by to kick off Ceasefire weekend. The message of Ceasefire weekend is for 72 hours, nobody kill anybody.
"This is the Baltimore we wanna see, where people are celebrating life and loving each other and having a good time," said Erricka Bridgeford, the co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365.
The ceasefire weekend started Friday, May 10 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, May 12 at 11:59 p.m. There are events scheduled for the entire weekend. For more information, click here.