4-Year-Old Shot and 1 Man Fatally Stabbed During 4th of July Baltimore Fireworks Festivities

4th of July festivities in downtown Baltimore turned violent yesterday when one man was fatally stabbed and a 4-year-old was shot during the event. Thousands attended the celebration—almost twice as many attendees as last year—that was manned by almost 600 state and city officers. On Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the violence.

According to Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, 26-year-old Joseph Lorenzo Calo was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle by someone that he’d gotten into a shoving match with outside McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant. Baltimore police are confident they can find the assailant.

Meantime, 4-year-old Kavin Benson was shot in the leg while walking with his father and the dad’s pregnant fiancé on Pratt Street. The boy, who was treated at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, had a small-caliber bullet lodged near his knee. Police are not sure how he was shot.

If you or someone you love was injured while at a public event and you believe that the Maryland accident could (or should) have been prevented, you may have grounds for a Baltimore injury case. Premise owners and those in charge of running an event must exercise the necessary precautions to make sure that visitors, participants, and others don’t get hurt. This includes making sure that there is adequate security, proper lighting, crowd control, proper supervision, and if the venue is one where there is traffic that vehicles are redirected so that no one ends up injured in a Maryland pedestrian accident.

Boy’s Family Reacts To July Fourth Shooting, WBALTV, July 5, 2011
Baltimore fireworks violence: Shooting, stabbing in spite of heavy police presence, Baltimore Sun, July 5, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Baltimore Fourth of July Celebration 2011 Fireworks, Baltimore.biz
Premises Liability, Justia
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Recent Shootings at Safeway and Walmart Raises the Question of How Liable Premises are for Violent Crimes, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, January 23, 2011

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