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Public Enemy No.1 Antonio Wright turns himself in

Public Enemy No.1 Antonio Wright turns himself in




The suspect Baltimore City Police named Public Enemy Number 1, who was wanted in connection to a double fatal firebombing over the weekend, turned himself into authorities Monday afternoon.

Antonio Wright, 26, surrounded by family members, turned himself in to police sometime around 1 p.m. at the corner of Biddle St. and Greenmount Ave., just half of a block from the scene of a fatal firebombing. While he was being handcuffed, Wright maintained, “They showed you my picture on TV but I did not do this.”

Wright was wanted for a firebombing at an East Baltimore home on Saturday that killed two teens and injured six others.
Officers said that Wright intentionally threw two “Moltov Cocktails” into the home on Greenmount Ave. near the intersection of E. Preston St. around 5 a.m., according to police. The Fire Dept. confirmed that the blaze was ignited by an accelerant and the eight victims in the home were targeted.
The teens who were killed have been identified as 17-year-old Tyrone James and Shi-Heem Sholto, 19.

The victims who were injured have been identified as a four-year-old boy, 11-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl, 17-year-old girl, and a 38-year-old woman. Police were investigating to see if there was a connection between the firebombing and a Thursday night shooting during which time detectives say a victim ran into the same row home seeking safety after being shot.

Police updated the media and public during a press conference at 1:30 p.m. TJ Smith, chief of police media relations, said that he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty and acknowledged Wright’s insistence on his innocence, commenting that he didn’t expect him to profess his guilty on social media. But, they’re exploring his possible connection to the Greenmount Ave. shooting that happened a few nights before as well as another incident that occurred on September 5.

Smith said, “I don’t understand this to be a gang-related type of incident. I understand it to be a dispute-related incident….this situation escalated with the firebomb.” He added that it was bad enough to subject your target to violence but to subject so many other innocent people is “outrageous.”

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Bilal Ali

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