For Immediate Release 1/25/18
Southern District — Steven Perkins pled guilty to attempted first degree murder, four counts of first degree assault, one count of second degree assault, and being a felon illegally in possession of a regulated firearm. Perkins was sentenced to 50 years, suspend all but 20 years in prison. Assistant State’s Attorneys Christine Celeste and Matt Pillion of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division prosecuted the case.
In the early morning hours of November 27, 2016, shortly before 2:00 a.m., police officers responded to emergency calls reporting shots fired in the unit block of East Cross Street in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood.
Upon arrival, Baltimore Police officers discovered a male victim inside a restaurant suffering from a gunshot wound to his right foot. While the first responders were providing assistance, an additional shooting victim came forward—as well as a third victim who said he was the intended target of the shooting.
Meanwhile, Perkins was pursued by another responding officer, who told Perkins to stop but was ignored during a foot pursuit. The officer tackled Perkins, and a struggle ensued. Perkins began to fight with the officer and managed to get back to his feet. During the struggle, a Glock-19 9mm handgun fell from the waistband of Perkins’s pants.
Perkins then repeatedly punched the officer in the face until he became disoriented. Perkins used this opportunity to once again flee, but was soon apprehended and arrested by other officers who had arrived on scene.
Investigation later revealed that Perkins had been out with a group of men that night at one of the bars in the unit block of East Cross Street. At closing time, everyone exited the bars onto Cross Street, where Perkins and his friends exchanged words with another group of men who were also exiting a bar. Perkins tried to punch one of the men; and shortly thereafter, a large brawl broke out on the block as multiple men began fighting with each other. During the melee, Perkins pulled a gun out and threatened two people on the block. Perkins then saw the man he tried to punch earlier and began shooting at him repeatedly—missing the man he was trying to shoot, but recklessly shooting two bystanders in the process.
Once the area was secured, a Baltimore Police Department crime lab technician arrived to process the scene and recovered four 9mm ammunition shell casings along with one live round of 9mm ammunition. A 9mm bullet fragment was also recovered. When officers secured the 9mm Glock that fell from Perkins’s waistband, they found that its magazine still contained an additional eight rounds, which were loaded alternatively with hollow-point bullets and standard bullets. Hollow-point bullets expand upon impact with a target—causing more damage than standard bullets.
Investigators also recovered cell phone footage of the street fight that captured Perkins brandishing the firearm used in the attack.
Perkins is prohibited from possessing any firearms because of a 2014 possession with intent to distribute conviction in Anne Arundel County.
“The defendant displayed a total disregard for human life and lack of self-awareness displayed in this horrific incident,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “When those bars let out in Federal Hill on Saturday nights there are normally hundreds of people out in the street, yet this individual cared only about himself and his ability to violently settle whatever petty score he had been harboring, then once apprehended decided to brutally injure an officer who was sworn to protect and serve this community. Lives could have been lost that night—and the defendant will have 20 years to reflect on his actions.”