There was an element of luck in this week's low number of homicides: there were 11 non-fatal shootings reported as well. The police department says it is solving more murders, but its clearance rate for 2016, just under 40 percent, is still lower than other big cities, and those other cities' rates are lower than they used to be. At least 290 of last year's 318 Baltimore homicide victims were African-American—over 91 percent of the victims. As in previous years, four out of five were killed outside, most of those on the streets of the city's neighborhoods called by some the "Black Butterfly" because of the shape of Baltimore's geographic segregation. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says 85 percent of the victims had criminal records, with an average of 11 previous arrests. City Paper does not publicize the court records of murder victims but, for what it's worth, two of this week's three victims had no criminal record that we could find.