BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told a crowd of people in North Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood that he expects an arrest in the shooting death of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott by the end of this week.
The commissioner made his remarks during a National Night Out event not far from the home where the little girl was shot and killed last week.
Several large pictures of McKenzie Elliott were displayed at the event
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“This is exactly what National Night Out is all about and so that's why we're all gathered here tonight,” said Sonja Merchant-Jones, chairwoman of the Better Waverly Community Organization. “She's not the first child that this has happened to, but we certainly want to make sure that this is the last time and it begins and really ends with us.”
The girl was sitting on her porch along Old York Road on Friday when she was hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting.
Elected officials including Gov. Martin O'Malley made appearances at the event in Waverly.
“God bless you all and may God bless the life of McKenzie Elliott,” he said.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said people have been calling in with information about the shooting.
“We have been getting more information from the community,” she said. “There's been a dramatic increase in the amount of information that is coming in to Metro Crime Stoppers."
And those tips may be paying off, with the police commissioner apparently feeling confident enough to make his announcement that he expects a person to be in custody by the end of the week. Since the shooting on Friday police have said they have a person of interest in the shooting but no arrest has been made.
The girl’s mother and father appeared at the rally as well.
“I just want to thank everybody for coming out, showing your support. I really appreciate it. It's just really good to see everybody come together you know,” said Nina Epps, McKenzie Elliott’s mother.