25-Year-Old Army Reserve Soldier Killed in Downtown Baltimore Shooting That Also Injured One Critically

Racquel Harris holds up a framed photo of her son Ryan Harris, 25, who was killed in a shooting early Thursday on East Redwood Street in downtown Baltimore. (Lea Skene/Baltimore Sun)

In a brazen display of gun violence that unfolded early Thursday in downtown Baltimore, a U.S. Army Reserve soldier was killed near his South Calvert Street apartment building and another man was hospitalized in critical condition.

Bullets flew in the 200 block of East Redwood Street, a busy strip of hotels and offices near the Inner Harbor, City Hall and Baltimore Police headquarters. Officers responded to the scene around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Sgt. Ryan Harris, 25, died after arriving at a hospital.

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The Baltimore native left behind two young sons and a successful military career, his family said.

“He served his country,” said his mother, Racquel Harris. “When you think about the ripple effects of this violence, everybody attached to each individual is impacted. It is truly a tragedy.”

After the Thursday double shooting that tore apart her family, rampant gun violence continued through the weekend in Baltimore. From Friday to Sunday, at least five people were killed and 10 more injured in gunfire, leaving residents frustrated by the growing death toll.

City officials also have expressed concern about shootings becoming more brazen, including an incident over Memorial Day weekend when a teenager allegedly opened fire into a crowd near the Inner Harbor amphitheater, killing one and injuring two.

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SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun, Lea Skene

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