Amandala understands that one of five persons who suffered gunshot wounds at a graduation party this past Sunday night has died today.
Kirk Smith, Jr., 22, who investigators believe was actually one of the shooters, was later shot in the head and back, and had since remained in a very critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) until late this evening, when he succumbed after fighting for his life for the past four days.
Smith was suspected to be one of five armed persons from a rival gang who went to the graduation party, which was being held at the Brown Sugar Marketplace on North Front Street, and indiscriminately opened fire on the crowd at the height of the celebration.
When the gunshots subsided, Smith – an alleged affiliate of the George Street Gang – was discovered bleeding profusely from his injuries outside the building.
At first, his identity was unknown; however, he was later identified after being taken to the hospital, where he was declared brain-dead on Tuesday.
Notably, police reported that he had pellets in the head – which would be consistent with a shotgun blast – but 9mm shells were recovered from the scene.
The shooting incident has been linked to a spate of gang-related violence which has erupted between two warring gangs in which eight people – all under the age of 30 – were shot in a matter of 26 hours over the past weekend.
Four months ago, in March, Kirk Smith, Jr., was acquitted of the August 2010 murder of 35-year-old Ian Arnold, who was gunned down on Berkeley Street in his own yard.