2 arrested in fatal shooting of MTA bus driver Marcus Parks, Sr.

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Good morning, everyone. And thank you all for being here today. I am joined today by Mayor Jack Young, the city of Baltimore. My Deputy Commissioner Operations Michael Sullivan. We have a representative from the U. S. Marshal’s office Uh, MT A Major Jerome Howard, Colonel Sheree Briscoe of our criminal Investigations Division. Major Steve Holman of our homicide unit in Southeast District Commander Major Bryan Hopkins. Yesterday we all learned of the murder of the M T A bus driver, Marcus Parks, here in Baltimore City. The initial information we received was not only heart wrenching but also shocking to the conscious. Our hearts and prayers are not only with Mr Parks’s family, but his family, his friends, his coworkers as well as the residents who got to know him on his route as a result of great police work from our detectives are partners at M T A police, the U. S. Marshals Task Force and tips from our community members. I am extremely proud to announce that we have arrested two suspects related to this heinous act of violence. 24 year old Cameron Silk Hot and 27 year old Michelle Green were both taken into custody after tracking the suspects to a location in Perkins Homes, which is less than six blocks from the murder of Mr Parks. Operating with an abundance of caution commanders, someone’s tactical resource is and cordoned off the area in the interest of public safety. Despite the violent act that took place just hours earlier, both suspects were taken into custody without incident. We’re asking for any witnesses that were present during the time of this case. The police contact our homicide detectives at 410396 2100 Again. I want to thank all of our detectives who have been working on this case nonstop for the past 24 hours, and all of our partners who assisted us in apprehending these violent offenders, every shooting, every murder, every violent crime that occurs in this city is unacceptable. Every life lost the senseless violence is a grim reminder of the impact that these heartbreaking tragedies have on families and communities in Baltimore. Reducing violent crime in Baltimore City is a responsibility that falls on the shoulders of the Police Department and the residents of Baltimore. Now, just earlier this morning, we announced several arrests to include a murder and two non fatal shootings. And so I want to express my sincere appreciation to the men and women of this department who wake up every morning to protect and serve this great city. We continue to urge residents If you see something, say something. You can call Metro Crime Stoppers to provide anonymous tips at 18667 lockup. We also have rewards program with a T F. So money is available for information that leads to the arrest of anyone illegally possessing firearms and also using firearms and guns to cause violence and violent crime. In Baltimore City, residents can call 888 80 f tips to content to contact the rewards program. And together we will make Baltimore City safer and stronger. Thank you. At this time, I’ll turn it over to our mayor. Thank you, Mr Commissioner. I’m gonna be very brief. I want to thank our hardworking detectives and all of our law enforcement partners for apprehending these suspects. Goes to show that when we all work together with community and our law enforcement officials, what we can dio so again to all of our partners and to the m t a offer My sincere condolences to family of Marcus Parks. Um, I knew him personally. He’s a personal friend of mine. His family is a personal friend of mine. And this is really hard for me, because, um, he went to work every day. Hey, wasn’t a troublemaker. He tried to make sure that he resolved conflicts with anybody that had conflicts. And he was just a great guy. And I just want to thank our law enforcement officers, especially AL detectives for the great work they did in apprehending, uh, these two suspects. Thank you. So, once again, we want to thank all of our partners. I wanna just personally of all of you. Ah, personal. Thank you for the job that you did. This is a demonstration off. What collaboration looks like what teamwork looks like. And what, uh, you know, attention to detail looks like and more of this to follow questions. Did you get a need work whether he here, Mr Parks or there was any when? Well, I think right now what we know is that there was some type of confrontation and argument that ensued, uh, between Mr Parks and in this individual on the bus that just that just escalated. Whether or not they knew one another prior to that it’s under investigation. Those questions were likely asking as we speak. Three. What led you to them mentioned markets on. Can you get into that a little bit? Well, it za good old fashioned detective work number one. But it is, ah, combination off community information that came in along with technology. And, you know, putting all of that together. And, you know, one league points to the second league and just persistent follow up, which you saw, but it was collaboration between Baltimore Police Department and th the U. S. Marshals. Are the partners working together from the very beginning. When you talk about community now, he said the community way help us. How helpful were they? I think in this situation it was extremely critical. Uh, and it was information from the community that that helped us figure out where we were going and where we should look. Uh, and my message to the communities We clear this case with your help. We need your help with other cases. This is exactly how we reduce murder in Baltimore on how we hold people accountable when they commit these heinous acts. This is exactly how it’s supposed to be done. Can you talk to us? About how many times, Mr Porter? A good way. Yeah, those are. Those are that’s information that’s in the investigation. Uh, you know, that evidence of a crime committed. Those are things we can’t get into right now. Okay, personal friend. Can you elaborate? How did you meet him? Okay, this is this is small. Two more. And he’s lived in East Baltimore all his life. His mother raised all of them right there in the is Baltimore. And, you know, he played basketball from Lake Clifton. Oftentimes would be a game together. Maryland, eight games, high school games where he was rooting for Lake Clifton. I’m rooting for Dunbar, those kind of things. And we used to joke all the time about who’s gonna pay for lunch. And, you know, he will always win. Of course, because you tell me. Oh, no. I paid the last time just a great guy. And people, um, you know, rallied around him when they had conflicts. Because markers always had a way of making you see that it ain’t that serious. He was just a great guy, Right? Right. Is there anything? Hello? Well, we don’t want to get into what we call tactics and techniques. Uh, but it’s a combination off community tips and information coming in, combined with technology and then the collaborative effort, working with our partners, uh, not working in silos. And so it’s it’s good investigation, working. It’s this type of collaboration that will take us, uh, into a safer Baltimore in the future. All right. Thank you all. Thank you. This question. Sure.

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2 arrested in fatal shooting of MTA bus driver Marcus Parks, Sr.

A man and woman have been arrested without incident after the fatal shooting of a veteran MTA bus driver on his route.The shooting happened on East Fayette Street around 10 a.m. Thursday. Fayette Street was closed well into the afternoon as police investigated the shooting.“At the time of the shooting, the bus was empty everyone had just gotten off the bus. The suspect tried to get onto the bus at which time the bus driver told him no passengers were allowed on the bus at the time. At that time, the two got into an argument the suspect grabbed the bus driver’s bag, at which point the driver got off and attempted to chase him. That’s when he was shot,” Baltimore Detective Donny Moses said.A police officer heard the shots and chased the suspect but couldn’t catch him. The driver Marcus Parks, 51, died at the scene. On Friday, Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced that they arrested Cameron Silcott, 24, and Nichelle Greene, 27, without incident.Investigators transported Silcott and Greene to Central Booking Intake Facility where they both have been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault and several handgun violations.WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with a woman, who did not want to be identified. She said she knows the Parks family and is devastated.“They’re good people, you know – hard-working, good citizen of Baltimore City, just regular everyday people,” the woman said. MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn released a statement, saying, “The safety of our employees and our riders is MDOT MTA’s highest priority. We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our family members, bus operator Marcus Parks. As a 20-year employee, Mr. Parks was a true frontline hero transporting essential workers during this COVID-19 health emergency. MDOT MTA is forever grateful for his commitment to the residents of Baltimore. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this most difficult time.”“We have a guy trying to do a job and he lost his life. I’m sure when he woke up this morning, he had no idea something like this would transpire. At this point, it’s our job to solve this case,” Moses said. “I’m praying for them and I can do whatever they need, whatever she needs, whatever I’m willing to help and pray for them and be there because this is going to take a lot of support,” the woman said.Transportation Secretary Greg Slater also issued a statement, saying, “MDOT truly is a family. I am deeply saddened and troubled that one of our own was killed on the job this morning. My sympathy goes out to the Parks family. Mr. Parks and all of our bus operators are critical to providing essential travel throughout this pandemic and every day. They deserve to be able to serve the community safely.” Baltimore Mayor Jack Young released a statement on Parks’ death: “Attacking an essential worker during a global pandemic is the epitome of depravity. We must have an end to these senseless acts of violence and as a city, we must find other ways to cope instead of resorting to violence. Mr. Parks was a personal friend and will be remembered as a dedicated public servant and a true hero to the residents of Baltimore City. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.”Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to call 410-396-2100.​

A man and woman have been arrested without incident after the fatal shooting of a veteran MTA bus driver on his route.

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The shooting happened on East Fayette Street around 10 a.m. Thursday. Fayette Street was closed well into the afternoon as police investigated the shooting.

“At the time of the shooting, the bus was empty everyone had just gotten off the bus. The suspect tried to get onto the bus at which time the bus driver told him no passengers were allowed on the bus at the time. At that time, the two got into an argument the suspect grabbed the bus driver’s bag, at which point the driver got off and attempted to chase him. That’s when he was shot,” Baltimore Detective Donny Moses said.

A police officer heard the shots and chased the suspect but couldn’t catch him. The driver Marcus Parks, 51, died at the scene.

On Friday, Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced that they arrested Cameron Silcott, 24, and Nichelle Greene, 27, without incident.

Investigators transported Silcott and Greene to Central Booking Intake Facility where they both have been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault and several handgun violations.

WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with a woman, who did not want to be identified. She said she knows the Parks family and is devastated.

“They’re good people, you know – hard-working, good citizen of Baltimore City, just regular everyday people,” the woman said.

MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn released a statement, saying, “The safety of our employees and our riders is MDOT MTA’s highest priority. We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our family members, bus operator Marcus Parks. As a 20-year employee, Mr. Parks was a true frontline hero transporting essential workers during this COVID-19 health emergency. MDOT MTA is forever grateful for his commitment to the residents of Baltimore. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this most difficult time.”

“We have a guy trying to do a job and he lost his life. I’m sure when he woke up this morning, he had no idea something like this would transpire. At this point, it’s our job to solve this case,” Moses said.

“I’m praying for them and I can do whatever they need, whatever she needs, whatever I’m willing to help and pray for them and be there because this is going to take a lot of support,” the woman said.

Transportation Secretary Greg Slater also issued a statement, saying, “MDOT truly is a family. I am deeply saddened and troubled that one of our own was killed on the job this morning. My sympathy goes out to the Parks family. Mr. Parks and all of our bus operators are critical to providing essential travel throughout this pandemic and every day. They deserve to be able to serve the community safely.”

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young released a statement on Parks’ death: “Attacking an essential worker during a global pandemic is the epitome of depravity. We must have an end to these senseless acts of violence and as a city, we must find other ways to cope instead of resorting to violence. Mr. Parks was a personal friend and will be remembered as a dedicated public servant and a true hero to the residents of Baltimore City. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.”

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this incident to call 410-396-2100.

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