Timothy Reynolds Baltimore motorist shot dead pulling baseball bat on street window cleaners during heated confrontation. No arrests.
Just trying to make a buck, any which way possible … A motorist was shot dead after confronting squeegee workers with a baseball bat in downtown Baltimore following a ‘heated’ altercation with the teen window cleaners police said.
Timothy Reynolds, 48, of Baltimore was pronounced dead at a hospital Thursday following a late afternoon encounter with a group of youngsters cleaning car windshields for cash at Light and Conway streets near the city’s Inner Harbor, Baltimore police said
Reynolds then ‘swung the bat’ at one or more of the workers, Harrison said.
‘In return, one of the squeegee workers pulled out a gun,’ the chief continued.
Turning to violence to solve problems
It’s unclear how many shots were fired, but witnesses said they heard three rounds. Just hours earlier, Harrison said police confiscated a pellet gun from a squeegee worker at the same intersection, the Baltimore Sun reported.
‘This is a very complex situation where someone took matters into his own hands, whatever you believe about that,’ Harrison told reporters.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the deadly confrontation is yet ‘another sad reminder’ that petty disagreements often escalate into violence.
‘I want to be very clear – if you are on the streets of Baltimore and endanger the safety of other or turn to violence to solve your problems, we will hold you accountable,’ Scott said in a statement.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby echoed Scott’s sentiment, condemning the shooting as a “heinous act of violence” that should serve as a flashpoint for the city.
‘There are too many guns on our streets and those who willingly turn to violence as a means of resolving conflicts will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,’ Mosby said.
Baltimore’s police chief said it’s unclear whether Reynolds struck any of the squeegee workers with the bat he wielded. The group of kids ran off after the shooting Harrison said.
The incident led to some Inner Harbor residents, saying of having grown tired of squeegee workers – primarily teen boys who start cleaning windows often without being asked, WBFF reported.
‘People are feeling they need to come here and protect themselves,’ Jolene Allen told WBFF. ‘They bash the window if they don’t give them money … You can’t even stand here and not feel like you might get shot by errant gunfire.’
Cops had yet to make an arrest as they continued to investigate the shooting.