BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s police commissioner announced Thursday that a man who swung his baseball bat at someone cleaning windshields at intersections in exchange for cash was killed.
The 48-year old man was driving in an area near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor when he was confronted by so-called “squeegee” workers. This led to a heated exchange, Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
The man drove around the intersection and parked his vehicle. Harrison stated that he returned with a bat and a baseball bat.
“He hit one of the squeegee employees with his bat. One of those squeegee workers returned the gesture and pulled out a gun. “He struck this male victim with his bat,” said the commissioner. He also stated that the police weren’t sure if the man hit anybody else.
The man was declared dead in a hospital. The name of the man was not released.
The workers fled on foot from the area, Harrison stated. As of the late afternoon, no arrests were made.
A witness claimed that he witnessed a worker at squeegee shoot the man as he got out his car and took the bat. Cody Bro was in Baltimore to attend a convention and said that he witnessed the driver “arguing” with one of the Squeegee workers. These are the folks who squeeze your windows .”
Squeegee workers are also called squeegee children and consist mostly of teenagers from low-income areas who clear drivers’ windshields at intersections for cash. They have been criticized by some drivers.