BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Crisis counselors held their meetings in the Barclay neighborhood on Friday, assisting the neighbors of a couple killed in a drive-by the night before.
Counselors from the Mayor’s Office for Neighborhood Safety and Interactions (MONSE) traveled door-to-door along East 23rd Street in the hope of bringing comfort to those who knew the victims or lived nearby.
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Angel Smith, a 38-year-old mother of seven months pregnant, and her fiance were shot around 8 p.m. in what authorities described as a drive-by shooting. No one survived, but Smith gave birth to a newborn baby girl, who is in critical condition.
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“They were just going around to let us know, like everyone is checking in on the neighbors,” said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “They gave us a phone number to call and said others might be signing up.”
Shantay Jackson, director of MONSE, said the agency mobilized advisory groups on Friday to conduct trauma and mental health screening. Jackson said these inspections are part of Mayor Brandon Scott’s strategy to reduce violent crime in the city.
“Until we address violence in our community, both through the lens of law enforcement and through the lens of community healing, we will not see a reduction in gun violence,” Jackson said.
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She said the street where Smith and her fiancé were shot is usually quiet.
Screening residents immediately after a shooting is important, she said, because violence can break out.
“We spoke to a neighbor with a history of gun violence,” Jackson told WJZ. “This makes those memories come back in a way so painful that she feels like she’s being flashed through again.”
After the advisers left East 23rd Street, they visited two other sites in the city that have been rocked by gunfire this week.
A neighbor said: “It’s great to have someone check in. “Just that reassurance was welcome.”
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Jackson, director of MONSE, said several neighborhood counselors he spoke to expressed a desire to move. She said the agency provides relocation assistance to those directly impacted by gun violence.
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