The violent crime epidemic is orders of magnitude more virulent in Baltimore than in other cities. Baltimore has had 159 murders as of this afternoon (and there was another shooting after the press conference). That's 32 more than the same time last year, and it's 66 more than the low-water year of 2011. Washington, D.C., with about 50,000 more residents than Baltimore, has had 48 murders so far this year, according to the Washington Post. Philadelphia has 1.5 million people—more than two Baltimores—and 140 homicides as of June 12. Philadelphia's homicide rate is 20 percent above what it was in 2016, a crisis level—and yet it's less than half of Baltimore's current rate, adjusted for population size. Violent crime is up nationally, as Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a congressional committee today. But very few cities see homicide rates close to Baltimore. Seattle, with about 680,000 residents (Baltimore plus Dundalk), had four murders through April 2017.