Former Baltimore gang member turned activist shot multiple times in area he designated a ‘no shoot zone’

Former Baltimore gang banger Tyree Moorehead was shot multiple times on Wednesday in a southeast part of the city he had previously designated as a “no shoot zone.”

Moorehead, 46, has spent his time following an 11-year stint in prison for attempted murder on a public quest to end gun violence in Baltimore, according to WJZ CBS News.

Across the city, marking spots that have been the scenes of fatal shootings, Moorehead has spray-painted anti-violence messages. Sidewalks and abandoned buildings carry his message “straight to the shooters.”

“See, I go straight to the shooters,” he told WJZ in 2019. “That’s who my rapport is with. My rapport is with the shooters. I can look them in the eyes and say, ‘Homie, I was shooting, too.’ But, what I didn’t have was a me back then.”

And yes, Moorehead “was shooting” in his past life. According to him, he shot roughly 20 people between the ages of 13 and 15.

It was after a shootout with police before Moorehead was even old enough to drive a car that he pled guilty to attempted murder and began his 11-year sentence.

In May, more than 60 bullets sliced through the air on Rose Street, killing one person and leaving three injured.

Moorehead was nearby as the shots rang out.

“I actually heard every shot and when I came around here, it was still smoking,” he said.

The incident prompted Moorehead to tag the area as a “no shoot zone.”

Now, just three months later, he was shot on Rose Street.

WJZ journalist Annie Rose Ramos reported that he walked out of the hospital after taking two shots to the neck and with a bullet still lodged in his back.

“I was shot three times,” Moorehead told the media. “Bullet went through my jaw, my neck, and one is still in my back.”

In all, it sounds like another heart-wrenching story of still more senseless violence with an ironic twist worthy of an Alanis Morrisette song, but Baltimore locals paint a very different picture of Moorehead, saying, according to Ramos, that “Tyree isn’t a good man.”

“Knew it was bound to happen considering most of his live videos he messing with his neighbors and calling them out!” wrote one user on Twitter.

“I don’t understand how he preaches no shoot zones but his IG [Instagram account] is filled with videos of him bullying people and threatening to kill them,” wrote another.

While Moorehead’s Instagram is currently restricted as a private account, his Facebook page does indeed contain such videos, as another user pointed out.

The best bet for Moorehead, says one user, would be for him to get out of town.

“Sorry to say but this guy needs to be committed,” said one user. “He’s got some mental issues and he keeps bullying and threatening people on Facebook and IG so you better believe they will be back to finish off the job. His family should take him and have him committed or get him out of the City.”


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