7-year-old child shot during an altercation between two teens in Cambridge

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CAMBRIDGE, MD – A 7-year-old was shot in the head and is in critical condition at John Hopkins Hospital after being struck by a bullet fired from the gun of a 16-year-old. Police say the armed teen was involved in an altercation with another teen when he began discharging his gun.

On Sunday, at approximately 4:52 pm Cambridge Police responded to the 500 block of Clinton Street in reference to a child,7, who had been shot.

“The child sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. Officers arrived on the scene and immediately transported the child to the hospital,” the Cambridge Police Department said in a statement. “The child was later flown to John Hopkins Hospital where surgery was performed, and they remain at this time in critical condition. Officers on the scene then learned that there was a second victim (16 years of age) who was assaulted.”

Later, Detectives learned that the gunman, identified as Marquise O. Williams, 16, of Cambridge approached another 16-year-old male on the street with a handgun.

“During the altercation, the handgun discharged striking the child who was standing nearby in the head,” the department said. “Williams fled the area; however, officers were able to locate him and he was placed under arrest.”

Williams was charged with two counts of 1st and 2nd-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and several handgun charges.

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