City of Baltimore Releases Agency After-Action Reports Following Mass Shooting at Brooklyn Homes
Wednesday Aug 30th, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, August 30, 2023) - Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott publicly released a series of after-action reports compiled by multiple city agencies following the mass shooting at Brooklyn Homes on July 2, 2023.
The compiled document includes individual reports from the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). The document also includes a memo from the office of Baltimore City’s Chief Administrative Officer Faith Leach, who led the efforts to compile the after-action reports, and a number of city government-wide recommendations and key findings focused on inter-agency coordination surrounding the shooting. Each of the agency reports were drafted independently and retain their individual structure.
Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the following statement regarding the reports:
“The mass shooting in Brooklyn Homes is one of the most painful chapters in our city’s history. The loss of two young lives, Aaliyah Gonzalez and Kylis Fagbemi, and the traumatic impact that it had on dozens and dozens of others will leave a devastating impact on our city forever.
“We can begin to heal that trauma by focusing on accountability and taking steps to ensure this never happens again in our city. With these After Action Reports, we’ve identified a number of findings, revelations, and recommendations that will offer us valuable insight into exactly what occurred or did not occur within City government leading up to this horrific act of violence. But they also lay the foundation for the path forward as we seek to address those shortcomings.
“We discussed the need for this type of detailed accounting the very night we arrived on the scene at Brooklyn Homes. These reports are only a first step. Now, we will continue to pursue the reforms necessary to respond. Baltimore City government agencies and counterparts fell short on our promise to our residents, and we will do everything in our power to ensure those mistakes are not repeated.
“We will also not rest until justice is served to those individuals who made the decision to pick up a gun with reckless disregard for the lives of their neighbors and turned a peaceful community event into a traumatic event. The investigation is not slowing down, and we will continue seeking the accountability that this community deserves.
“Baltimore, you have my word that we will address every misstep and, together, find a path forward to heal.”