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Demographics of 2012 Baltimore homicides

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[This data has been updated]

Each year, the Baltimore Police homicide section compiles statistics on city killings. Here's how some of the data break down:

Murders: 217
Clearance rate (cases closed by arrest or administratively): 47.4 percent
Victims injured in prior years who died this year:  7
Cases from prior years closed this year (which counts toward this year's clearance rate, per FBI guidelines):  28 

Cause:
Arson: 1
Blunt force: 7 (3.6%)
Handgun: 181 (83.4%)
Knife/sharp object: 20 (9.2%)
Shotgun/rifle: 2
Strangle/suffocation: 2
Vehicle: 1
Other: 3

Gender:
Male:  196 (90.3%)
Female:  21 (9.7%)

Race:
Asian: 1
Black:  204 (94.4%)
Hispanic:  1
White: 10 (4.6%)

Age groups:
Juvenile: 11 (5%)
Adult:  206 (95%) 

35 and over:  72 (33.2%)
25-34:  68 (31.3%)
24 and under: 77 (35.5%) 

Motives:
Argument:  14
Arson:  1
Child abuse:  6
Dispute over money: 2
Domestic:  3
Drugs:  3
Neighborhood (dispute?): 1
Retaliation:  3
Robbery:  10
Other:  10
Unknown:  163 

District:

Central: 15
Southeastern:  11
Eastern:  36
Northeastern:  27
Northern:  24
Northwestern:  28
Western:  30
Southwestern:  32
Southern:  14 

(Known) suspects with criminal records:  79.1 percent
Suspects with drug arrests:  61.6 percent
Suspects on parole and probation at time of killing:  23.3 percentS
uspects arrested for prior gun crimes:  45.3 percent 


Victims with criminal records:  82.3 percent
Victims with drug arrests:  68.4 percent
Victims on parole and probation at time of death:  24.2 percent
Victims arrested for prior gun crimes:  37.7 percent

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