Annapolis Police Chief's Message to Suspects in Recent Shootings: We are coming after you

Annapolis Police Chief Ed Jackson is fed up with the continued shooting incidents and sent a strong message to the suspects during a press conference yesterday, "We are coming after you!"

Chief Jackson didn't mince his words as he shared updates on the recent shootings that left one teen dead and others injured.  "Those children will carry that trauma for the rest of their days. Let me say this, if you are the shooter, we are coming after you," Chief Jackson said sternly.  "The best days of your life will soon belong to the Division of Corrections."

Chief Jackson reminded everyone that help from public is vital in the investigation process.  "We can't do it alone.  If you know anything, please come forward."

In a statement, a police department spokesperson said that on July 27, 2023, at about 10:18pm, officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Copeland Street following reports of a shooting.  Upon the officers' arrival, two juvenile gunshot victims were located. One of the victims was transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries, and has since been released.  

The second juvenile victim was determined to be deceased, and was later identified as Robert Clark.  

Robert's mother Latarsha Ayer said his passing has devastated her family and they are having difficulty finding the means to cover his funeral costs. "To honor his memory and say our last goodbyes, we would like to give him the memorial he deserves."

All funeral costs will need to be paid by August 11, 2023.  To donate, click: GoFundMe

On Wednesday, officers were called to the 1900 block of Bowman Court shortly before 11:00pm. The officers arrived and reportedly located a 16 year old female with a gunshot wound to the right arm.  The child was transported to an area hospital for treatment, according to sources. 

The young lady reportedly told police that she was outside by the community playground, when an unknown male suspect walking nearby began shooting, striking the victim in the arm. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. The victim’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Anyone with information about the recent shootings are asked to contact police, (410) 268-9000.