City Hall Mum After Unprecedented Gun Violence Erupts in Annapolis with 5 Shootings in 48 Hours

Official plans from City Hall about how the Mayor and members of the council intend to address the recent shootings in Annapolis remain unseen. 

Between Wednesday, November 3, 2021, and Friday, November 5, 2021, the Annapolis Police Department responded to five separate shootings.  

On November 3, at approximately 1:30pm, officers responded to the area of Cypress Road and Bay Ridge Road for a report of a shooting.  Officers arrived and located an adult male shooting victim.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

On November 4, at approximately 8:33pm, officers responded to the area of Bens Drive and Marcs Court for the report of shots fired. Officers located multiple shell casings in the intersection and bullet projectile fragments on the stairwell of the 2 Bens Drive building. Officers located a vehicle that was struck during the shots being fired, along with the stairwell of the 2 Bens Drive building.  

At approximately 1:30pm on November 5, units were dispatched to the scene of another shooting following multiple reports of gunfire in the area of Clay and Pleasant Streets.  About 3 hours later, Annapolis police officers responded to the 1300 block of Tyler Ave for the report of a shooting with an adult male victim suffered from a gun shot wound.  He was transported to an area hospital and his status remains unclear. 

Later that night, a second shooting victim was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound subsequent of a shooting that occured in the 1000 block of President Street.

In a tweet, the police department announced that an increased number of officers will be patrolling throughout the City due to the recent incidents.  

Five people have been killed in Annapolis so far this year.  

Authorities recently arrested two local men in connection with the fatal shooting that occured on Pleasant Street last month.  

Shortly after 1pm on October 14, 2021, multiple units responded to Pleasant Street for a reported shooting.  Preliminary details reveal that one person was found with injuries consistent with being shot. The city's latest homicide victim, Cornell Scott-Young, 22, was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Police say the two men, identified as Shammond Taylor, 23 (not pictured), Kenon Jackson, 21 (pictured below), were taken into custody on multiple charges related to the murder of Scott-Young. Both Taylor and Jackson are being held without bond. 

UPDATE: Nearly one hour after this article was published, Mayor Gavin Buckley released the following statement:

“Gun violence has shaken our community in the last few days. I have conferred with Annapolis Police Command Staff in an ongoing effort to gain an understanding of the violence in our community. As of Friday night, the Chief has authorized all Annapolis Police on call-up mode to ensure we have enhanced visibility on the streets of our City. 

“The safety of this community is our top priority. The Chief also informed me that he has been in contact with our federal partners to step up their efforts with informants to gain intelligence and monitor social media for the drivers of this unacceptable violence. 

“In the violence since Wednesday, there have been three shooting victims, all of whom are expected to survive.  Arrests have been made, but the cases remain open. Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. 

“I commend Annapolis Police officers for their quick arrests and I ask the community to help us by coming forward with tips and information. I need your help. Tell us if you see somebody or you know anyone housing illegal guns or people who use guns, for the sake of our communities and the people who live here, contact police or make an anonymous tip."