City leaders announce attempted murder arrests in Brooklyn Homes Critical Incident
Acting Commissioner Richard Worley, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, State’s Attorney Ivan Bates, and representatives from ATF and FBI announce arrests in the Brooklyn Homes Critical Incident.
In reference to the July 2, 2023, Southern District critical incident that claimed the lives of two victims and wounded 28 others, in the area of the 800 block of Gretna Court, Homicide Detectives have arrested 18-year-old Aaron Brown of Baltimore and a 14-year-old male.
Aaron Brown was arrested on Aug. 2, 2023, in the 2800 block of Montebello Terrace, in reference to unrelated charges for an attempted murder and handgun violation charge and was being held at the Central Booking Intake Facility.
While incarcerated, detectives gathered enough evidence to secure a warrant to serve to Aaron Brown for his involvement in the mass shooting that occurred on July 2, 2023, in the 800 block of Gretna Court. This warrant was served to Brown on Aug. 30, 2023, while still incarcerated.
Aaron Brown was charged with 75 counts, including multiple counts of Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and multiple counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder. He is currently being held without bond.
On Aug. 30, 2023, members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested a 14-year-old male for his involvement in the mass shooting that occurred on July 2, 2023, in the 800 block of Gretna Court.
The 14-year-old male has been transported to the Central Booking Intake Facility, where he has been charged with 18 counts including Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Attempt 1st Degree Murder.
“As BPD continues to work tirelessly on the investigation into the critical incident that occurred on July 2, 2023, in Brooklyn Homes, we will continue to make progress holding those who committed these acts accountable,” said Acting Commissioner Richard Worley. “I am proud of the work of our BPD officers, the Homicide Detectives and all of our law enforcement partners who have been working this case around-the-clock. I also need to highlight the efforts of our community collaborators who are partnering with us to build and strengthen our relationships with all of our residents.”
“Beginning to heal the trauma of this horrific mass shooting is going to require accountability,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Today, with these arrests, we take one step closer to holding those who made the reckless decision to pull the trigger without any regard to the lives around them accountable. Every day, detectives and our partners at the federal level have been pursuing this investigation tirelessly and with the utmost diligence. The work continues and will not slow down until we’ve gotten justice for this community, for these families, and for our entire city. We are continuing to wrap our arms around every single person who has felt the devastating impact of this tragedy, and work toward building a safer Baltimore.”
“My office is deeply committed to holding everyone who pulled a trigger on July 2 accountable,” said State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates. “I am confident that the coordination between our law enforcement partners will ensure justice is delivered on behalf of Aaliyah Gonzalez, Kylis Fagbemi and those injured in ways that will follow them for the rest of their lives. As a city, we will grow stronger from this tragedy, recognizing that we must all do more to keep our young people safe.”
“ATF is actively working alongside the Baltimore Police Department on this investigation. The partnership we have with local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors is just as crucial to solving violent crimes as any technology and forensics,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby. “We and our partners have heard the calls from the community that they want justice for the victims of this reckless, deadly shooting. That is something everyone in our agencies want to give them. ATF will continue to make our personnel and resources available to the Baltimore Police Department as investigators work to identify the trigger-pullers and how they got their firearms.”
“The FBI is in constant communication with the Baltimore Police Department and we continue our pledge to be a force multiplier to investigate and address violent crime in the city and bring those committing crime to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. “We value our strong collaboration with BPD as well as the other local, state and federal partners who we work with consistently to make our communities safer.”
Anyone with further information is urged to contact Homicide Detectives at 410-396-2100.
Those who wish to remain anonymous may utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP. You may also text tips through the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland website.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.