Man charged in killing of 13-year-old boy after shootout with police

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West Baltimore — Anthony Clark Jr. was convicted of second degree murder, attempted second degree murder, and two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund prosecuted the case.

On June 11, 2016 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Baltimore Homicide detectives were notified that patrol units were on the scene of a shooting in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Upon arrival, the detectives were advised that the unintended target and victim, 13-year-old Diandre Barnes, was found lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. A second shooting victim was also at the scene. Barnes was later pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma.

Witnesses later identified Clark Jr. as the shooter. At the time of his arrest, Clark was pending separate attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, and fourth degree burglary charges.

“This defendant obviously has a penchant for violence and does not deserve to live freely among the rest of us,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Fortunately, this conviction means there is one fewer violent repeat offender terrorizing Baltimore.”

Clark is facing 100 years at sentencing on April 9, 2018. That sentence can be run consecutive to the 15-year sentence he is currently serving from a previous trial pertaining to this case that resulted in a partial verdict.

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