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Baltimore's yearlong war on 'trigger pullers' and illegal guns, by the numbers

Baltimore's yearlong war on 'trigger pullers' and illegal guns, by the numbers

Last summer, in the deadliest year for gun violence in Baltimore history, then-interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis created an around-the-clock "war room" where he said police, prosecutors and federal law enforcement partners would coordinate to get violent criminals off the city's streets.

Police specifically focused on apprehending "trigger pullers" and seizing illegal guns, believing that would result in a decline in shootings — which were responsible for nearly 90 percent of the city's homicides in 2015.

One year later, the results are mixed, said Davis, now Baltimore's permanent top cop.

As of Thursday, homicides were down just 7 percent...