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Safe Streets worker among 3 killed in a quadruple shooting in East Baltimore

Posted at 8:51 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-22 17:07:48-05

BALTIMORE — Three people were killed and five were injured in shootings across Baltimore City Wednesday.

The first shooting came in at around 7:25 p.m., where four people were shot in the 2400 block of East Monument Street.

A 28-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men were taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries. The fourth victim, a 27-year-old man is expected to survive.

One of the victims was Safe Streets East Worker Dashawn McGrier who folks in the neighborhood called "Nut." The other two men were identified as Tyrone Allen, 28, and Hassan Smith, 24.

McGrier made headlines in 2018 across the region after being beaten by a Baltimore Police Officer.

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The officer was sentenced to 9 months in prison after being convicted of second-degree assault and misconduct charges.

Attorney Warren Brown represented McGrier in that case.

He described the man as an empathetic and devoted father who cared about the people in his community.

In fact his encounter with that officer years ago was a result of him selflessly interrupting violence in the neighborhood where he grew up.

“He tried to intervene in that regard and calm things down between her and the police officer," Brown said.

Even after getting justice, he stayed planted in hopes of becoming an agent for change in his city growing in desperation for safer streets.

"He could easily have after the settlement, gone out and moved to the suburbs if you will but he decided to still spend time in that community to help out as much as he could and it cost him his life and that’s the tragedy of it all," said Brown.

Minutes after the quadruple shooting, officers responded to a local hospital for a walk-in shooting and found two 25-year-old men injured.

A crime scene was located on Hanover Street.

At around 9:15 p.m., officers responded to another report of a walk-in shooting victim and found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

The victim told police he was shot in the 3000 block of South Hanover Street at around 8:15 p.m.

The latest shooting came in at around 9:46 p.m., when officers again responded to a walk-in shooting and found a 29-year-old man with apparent graze wounds. He told police he was shot in the 2100 block of Baker Street.

Mayor Brandon Scott released a statement on the quadruple shooting:

"Baltimore, enough is enough. What happened tonight was a horrific tragedy. We cannot and will not allow violence to continue to plague our city. Our Safe Streets workers put their lives on the line day in and day out because they believe in a better future for our city – a future we all should believe in. I ask that we keep the loved ones of those we lost tonight in our thoughts and pray that the person in critical condition pulls through. If you know anything that may help us make an arrest in this case, say something.......This is a reminder of the courageous, yet dangerous job our frontline staff does each day when working with those at the highest risk of being a shooter or the victim of a shooting.”

Shantay Jackson, Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, which helps oversee Safe Streets also released a statement:

“We are heartbroken and angered by the news that another one of our own, a member of the Safe Streets family, was tragically taken from us during tonight’s quadruple shooting in East Baltimore. We lost a brother, a villager, who was doing his job and nothing more. We must do better.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released this statement:

"Tonight’s incident was a tragic event. Safe Street workers mediate the very types of conflicts we saw tonight. All the Safe Streets workers are to be applauded for their work in reducing gun violence and promoting a message of redemption and peace to the many young people of our city. We are dedicating every available resource to finding and apprehending the cowardly perpetrators of this act.”

This week last year another Safe Streets worker was shot and killed. Dante Barksdale was shot in southeast Baltimore on January 17, 2021 just outside Douglass Homes.

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An arrest was made in his murder in May of 2021.

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In July of 2021 another Safe Streets worker was killed. Kenyell 'Benny' Wilson was shot and killed on July 1 as he was getting a bite to eat before a Safe Streets meeting. He drove himself to Harbor Hospital and died there.

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Baltimore Police have not made an arrest in the death of Wilson.

If you have information on any of these shootings, you're urged to contact police.