As you may recall, the city of Baltimore set a 21st-century record for murders in 2019, threatening to eclipse the all-time record set in the early nineties. By the time New Year’s Day rolled around, the city’s interim mayor, state’s prosecutor and members of the City Council were promising to do something about it. Some proposals that sounded promising were put forward, with more cooperation with federal law enforcement agencies and funding for more police officers being put on the table. At the same time, community outreach efforts were lauded and those citizens engaging in such action were promised more support from City Hall.
All of those promises may yet come to fruition and perhaps a decrease in the bloodshed will be possible, but it won’t happen fast enough. That was made evident this weekend when gang violence resulted in a dozen shootings, five of them fatal, on Saturday alone. (Baltimore Sun)
Five people were killed and seven others injured in a string of separate shootings Saturday in Baltimore, police said.
At about 2:30 a.m., police responded to a reported shooting in the 700 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. Officers found three women — ages 23, 27 and 28 — suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in a sedan, police said.
All three women were taken to area hospitals, police said, but the 28-year-old woman died soon after arriving at Johns Hopkins Hospital.