Police: Teen carjacking suspect still critical, but stable
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore Police on Thursday afternoon held a briefing regarding the Wednesday night shooting of a teen carjacking suspect.
According to investigators, the 13-year-old was shot by a 73-year-old private investigator and former Baltimore police officer who was sitting in his car, after the teen approached with a group of juveniles, opened the car door and brandished what appeared to be a handgun.
Officials say the teen was shot in the head and transported to Shock Trauma in critical condition. The incident took place around 3:45 p.m. in Carroll Park.
The 73-year-old man, who has not been identified, called police and remained on the scene after the shooting. He had a valid concealed weapon permit, investigators noted.
Police released a photo of the teen's handgun Wednesday night, which was found to be a realistic replica firearm.
"Obviously if you look at that in a situation with a threat it certainly could be perceived as a real weapon, a real firearm," Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith said Thursday. "This year it's something we've talked about extensively, the carjackings, the issues with juveniles in general, this has been something we've talked about extensively this year."
Smith said police continue to see a small increase in the number of carjackings with young offenders, though year-to-date carjacking arrests of juveniles is up 70%.
"Many of them are the same people, many of them are the same juveniles," Smith said. "So that's what we're working to get a handle on and identify those people."
Smith said the teen carjacking suspect was listed in critical but stable condition on Thursday.
"This is a 13-year-old, we've all been 13 and we've done some silly things," Smith said. "Maybe many of us have never done anything like this but when referring to this 13-year-old we need to be mindful of the fact that he committed a silly act and the consequences were substantial. There's absolutely no need for name calling, sad I have to stand up here and say that."
He added, "We also have to be mindful of the fact that Councilwoman Rikki Spector was attacked by a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old," and called on parents to "share this video with your children, show them this picture, show them the dangers. We're not dealing with a supersoaker...we're dealing with these things now and that's not fair to a child."
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100.
No charges have been filed at this time.