Video released in the homicide case of a local lawmaker's grandson


Baltimore Police have released surveillance video of two gunmen believed to be responsible for the shooting death of Tyrone Ray Junior. Ray is the grandson of Maryland’s House Majority Whip, Delegate Talmadge Branch.

"We want people to concentrate on the clothing that these folks are wearing cause often times, this isn't the first time that they've worn the clothing," said T.J. Smith, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. “That could help lead to the men’s identities,” Smith said.

One man is dressed in all black. The other is seen wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt.

Ray, who was on crutches, was shot in broad daylight Monday at about 12:30 on Nicholas Avenue. After shooting Ray, both gunmen are seen in this video running to Belair Road where police say they got into a white 4-door Infinity and drove away.

Back on the block Tuesday afternoon, friends could be seen hanging balloons on the pole where Ray dropped dead.

On the night after the shooting, Ray’s grandfather, Maryland’s House Majority Whip, Delegate Talmadge Branch, said he was both sad and angry.

"The police commissioner have to do more, he has to do better. We have to have a better plan for this city. We have to have a plan with professionals to deal with these shootings in Baltimore. It's off the chart," said Branch.

Smith responded to the delegate’s comments, after releasing the surveillance video. "We've talked specifically about the plan. We've talked specifically about going after violent repeat offenders," said Smith. "The Branch family is a family, like many others right now, that are going through grief and stages of grief and certainly (we) understand the frustration."

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