A man who’s charged in connection to the mass shooting in Brooklyn in which 30 people were shot — two of them fatally — will be held without bail, a judge ruled on Monday.

District Judge Catherine Chen ordered Tristan Jackson, 18, of Hillen, to remain incarcerated on 55 counts that include seven counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and related offenses and reckless endangerment. He appeared for a bail review hearing in the District Court of Maryland in Baltimore.

Aaliyah Gonzalez, 18, and Kylis Fagbemi, 20, were killed in the shooting, which happened on July 2 on Gretna Court in the Brooklyn Homes housing project. People were holding an annual block party called Brooklyn Day.

Hundreds of people were at the celebration, and police believe that more than a dozen guns were fired.

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Baltimore Police arrested Jackson last week when he was on the 300 block of North Gay Street at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.

Assistant Public Defender Lauren Dollar described Jackson as an 18 year-old who has a strong support network and who is loved by the community. He is two credits away from graduating from Digital Harbor High School and is interested in fashion design and poetry. Jackson, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, engages in therapy and has a mentor.

”To know Tristan is to love Tristan,” Dollar said at the hearing.

While Chen recognized Jackson’s young age and PTSD, she said that Baltimore Police had video footage that showed the teen shooting five rounds at a group of seven people who were running from other gunfire. That, the 55 counts and the number of victims all indicated to Chen that releasing Jackson would likely pose a danger to the community.


Clara Longo de Freitas is a neighborhood reporter covering East Baltimore communities. Before joining the Banner, she interned at The Baltimore Sun as an emerging news and community reporter. She also has design and illustration experience with several news organizations, including The Hill and NPR. 

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