Victim of double shooting is lone survivor

BALTIMORE - A trail of blood marks the path where the injured young boy ran from the house in the 1900 block of Bentalou Street putting aside the pain from the gunshot wound to his leg to seek help for the father he had left behind.

He found officers on foot patrol a few blocks away who returned to the house before the suspects could get away.

"Because officers were right there, they were able to take two individuals into custody and while there's still a lot of details that need to be worked out, we expect to be able to charge someone later today," said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk of the Baltimore City Police Department.

Paramedics transported the boy's father, Ralph Timmons, to an area hospital where he died, but the young boy is expected to survive.

In a city, which has already witnessed a double-digit increase in homicides thus far this year and almost a third of them in West Baltimore, this double shooting has raised the stakes even more.

"As a community, we have an obligation to care for each other and the fact that someone made a conscious decision to shoot an 11-year-old is absolutely outrageous and we want the community to be outraged by that as well," said Sgt. Kowalczyk.

Police have now identified the suspects as 21-year old John Knox and 37-year old Joseph Oglesby.

They both face a series of charges including first degree murder.

Police spend much of the day questioning the suspects on Tuesday, but at this point in the investigation, they have not released a motive for the shooting.

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