According to CBS News, surveillance video shows that multiple armed suspects were involved in the incident. “The victim was working the midnight to eight shift for a security company as an unarmed guard tasked with keeping watch over an election ballot box.
After looking at video surveillance footage of the parking-lot, detectives learned that armed subjects approached the victim’s vehicle and tried to open the car door.
The victim refused and the suspects began shooting at the victim. The ballet box was not touched and did not appear at any time to be the focus of the gunmen,” said Baltimore Police Department in a press statement.
At present, detectives are assessing the case, and looking at it as a possible attempted robbery. "It's a shame we're living in a time where a person can't be minding their own business, making an honest wage, and someone does something like they did here," Armstead Jones, Baltimore City Board of Elections Director said.
Given the need for mass amounts of mail-in ballots to keep people safe during the COVID19 pandemic, security efforts are consistently being ramped up across the country. In Baltimore specifically, “27/7” ballot drop boxes have been made available at all hours in order to encourage voter participation in the November election.
The 24-year-old guard, who is employed by a private security company contracted by the Baltimore City Board of Elections, is one of many who have recently been tasked with protecting drop boxes 24 hours a day. In spite of this incident, Jones says there’s no plan to reduce the hours that ballot boxes are open.
Though the incident doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the ballot box, additional security measures are now being taken to protect the location at Achievement Academy, the school where the man was shot, according to The Baltimore Sun.
This all comes after many attempts at voter suppression — including sweeping issues with the U.S. Postal Service, and fake ballot boxes showing up in California as orchestrated by the Republican party. President Donald Trump has also notably called for an “army” to protect the election after claiming that people voting for Biden would attempt to vote twice, adding that mail-in ballots would undoubtedly lead to voter fraud.
The Maryland Board of Elections is currently working with authorities in an investigation of the situation. At this time there are no further updates to the case.