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Baltimore boy, 9, allegedly shot 15-year-old girl on his porch;  family say it was no accident

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A 9-year-old Baltimore boy is accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old Nykayia Strawder over the weekend, and his family say it was no accident.

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) identified the 9-year-old suspect in the Aug. 6 shooting at Strawder’s family home in the 600 block of Linnard Street on Sunday, saying the boy was “playing with a handgun charged when he accidentally released, hitting the 15-year-old in the head.”

“The 9-year-old then dropped the gun and ran away,” BPD said in a Facebook post. “A search and seizure warrant has been obtained. Officers took possession of the weapon and noted the serial number. Officers learned that the weapon was registered in the name of an adult female who is a relative of the 9-year-old child. This family member serves as an armed security guard.”

Under Maryland state law, the boy cannot be charged in the incident due to his age. The BPD’s investigation into the shooting is active and “working closely with the state’s attorney’s office and potential charges related to this incident are ongoing.”

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“This kid had a problem prematurely for weeks, and he came with a gun to hurt a little boy, and he ended up finding the big sister doing the noble thing – being the big sister and him. say he wouldn’t come out, and he didn’t, and the boy pointed his gun at her because of that,” Raynard Parks, Strawder’s cousin, told FOX 45 Baltimore.

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The girl’s aunt, Donyette McCray, alleged the boy ‘pulled out’ the handgun and shot his niece ‘in the back of the head’. “It’s not an accident for me,” she told FOX 45.

The community held a vigil for Strawder this week.

“We shouldn’t be having a vigil for a 15-year-old girl who was killed by a 9-year-old,” a speaker said at the vigil. “That should never happen.”

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So far this year, the BPD has recorded 202 homicides as of July 23, up from 191 in the same period last year, an increase of 6%. The police department also recorded 415 non-fatal shootings as of July 23, compared to 380 at the same time in 2021, an increase of 9%.

In 2021, 107 minors under the age of 18 were arrested, 97 of them for a gun-related charge or crime, but only five were convicted, according to data from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. obtained by FOX 45.


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