A shooting occurred at a block party in Baltimore's southern neighborhood of Brooklyn, resulting in two deaths and 28 injuries, many of whom were teenagers.

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The motive for the shooting is unclear, and it is uncertain whether the victims were specifically targeted.

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The victims' ages ranged from 13 to 32, with several individuals under the age of 18 among them.

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Baltimore officials expressed frustration and urged residents to provide any information related to the shooting.

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Mayor Brandon Scott referred to the shooting as a "reckless, cowardly act" and criticized adults who did not intervene, emphasizing the need for accountability within the community.

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The incident highlighted the issue of access to illegal firearms and other factors contributing to gun violence.

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Baltimore has experienced a high number of homicides in recent years, with more than 300 recorded in 2022 and 138 in the first half of 2023.

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The housing complex where the shooting took place, Brooklyn Homes, is a public housing complex with approximately 500 units housing around 1,100 people.

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Councilwoman Phylicia Porter called for meaningful change in response to the shooting and described it as a grave failure of the system.

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There has been an increase in shootings involving children and teenagers in Baltimore, leading to the implementation of a city curfew for children 16 and younger.

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