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Arrest made in connection with July block party mass shooting in Baltimore, officials say

Authorities in Baltimore have arrested an 18-year-old in connection with a mass shooting in July that killed two and injured 28 people, according to a city press release.

Police arrested 18-year-old Tristan Brian Jackson on Thursday. According to the release, he has been charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, and 41 other related charges.

CNN is investigating whether he has a lawyer.

The mass shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. July 2 in the Brooklyn borough of south Baltimore during an annual event known as Brooklyn Day.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott previously told CNN, “People were out there having a party and at one point gunshots rang out and people, of course, were trying to get out, get out of there.”

Aaliyah Gonzalez, 18, and Kylis Fagbemi, 20, were shot dead. The dozens of survivors all suffered gunshot wounds, according to Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley. Five of the injured were adults aged 20 or older, and the remaining 23 were teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 19, police said.

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At the time of the shooting, police said at least two people were involved in the incident.

Police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection with the shooting last month. The 17-year-old, who was not publicly identified, was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of assault weapons, reckless endangerment and a gun in a vehicle, police said.

The Baltimore Police Department “has been working tirelessly on the investigation,” Worley said in Thursday’s press release. “While this investigation is ongoing, I applaud the work of all BPD members, homicide detectives, our law enforcement partners and our community workers who will not rest until they see justice served.

“While this arrest cannot undo the damage and trauma of that day, I hope it can bring peace and justice to the families of all victims and the Baltimore community.”

The mass shooting is one of more than 440 in the US since mid-August, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The archive, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, not counting the shooter.

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State Attorney Ivan J. Bates said “my dedication to the victims, their families and our community remains steadfast,” the release said.

“We will pursue this matter with the utmost diligence, ensuring that all evidence is examined and every legal avenue explored. Our message is clear: no act of terrorism will eclipse the strength and resilience of Baltimore or its people. Together, we will emerge from this tragedy stronger, more compassionate and more unyielding as we strive for a more secure future,” said Bates.

CNN’s Gloria Pazmino, Kristina Sgueglia and Celina Tebor contributed to this report.

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