Police: 3 arrested during vigil for slain Baltimore rapper

Staff Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police arrested three people on disorderly conduct and other charges after a vigil for a slain Baltimore rapper on Monday, police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

"This was a largely peaceful gathering of people who cared for this young man that this city really, really loved," Davis said at a news briefing. "This gathering tonight included just a couple people who decided to act in their own self-interest and agitate the crowd."

Tyriece Watson, who was known as "Lor Scoota," was shot in his car in Baltimore on Saturday night and Davis said police are still searching for the killer. The vigil in Watson's memory began around 5 p.m. Monday and the crowd grew through the evening. Two dozen police vehicles eventually showed up and ordered the crowd to disperse. People ignored the officers and a standoff ensued.

Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh also showed up around 10:30 p.m. Monday and urged people to leave.

A small group of people threw bricks and bottles at police officers as they tried to clear the streets, Davis said.

"We've been there and done that and that's not going to happen again," Davis said.

The crowd dispersed around 11 p.m., but there were no injuries, he said.