Baltimore riots lead to 235 arrests, 20 injured officers

National Guard troops and the governor's office have descended upon Baltimore following a night of riots, fires and destruction.

Baltimore Police said 235 arrests were made overnight -- 201 adults and 34 juveniles. Twenty officers were injured in Monday night's violence.


The mayor's office said the city's fire department dealt with fires in 144 vehicles and 15 buildings. Baltimore police said one person is in critical condition after one of those fires.

Violence ruled Baltimore Monday night, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, with numerous fires breaking out around the city, several shootings were reported, and city schools and business closed. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, and will set up his department at an office in Baltimore.


National Guard troops began patrolling the city with some soldiers on foot along Pratt Street at the Inner Harbor as sunlight began to illuminate downtown Baltimore.

City schools are closed. The Empowerment Temple will open at 10 a.m. as a place for students to safely gather.

Some residents started the cleanup at North and Pennsylvania avenues, near a CVS store that was looted and burned Monday. Tow trucks removed torched vehicles from the area.

The Inner Harbor and much of downtown remained unscathed from the destruction. On Monday, many major employers throughout the city, downtown attractions and restaurants closed in advance of what turned out to be violent rioting in parts of the city.

Police reported two people were injured in shootings amid the west and northwest side of Baltimore overnight.

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Firefighters responded to at least half a dozen fires throughout the city including a three-alarm blaze at pawn shop in Southwest Baltimore. Firefighters were called to a three-alarm fire at a community center under construction at Gay and Federal streets.

The Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of "purge" a reference to a movie in which crime is made legal. A group gathered at 3 p.m. at Mondawmin Mall, where they fought with police, before crowds headed to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The day of violence had begun with funeral for Gray. His family stood with city leaders Monday night pleading for the violence to stop.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a weeklong citywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Tuesday.

The Orioles are scheduled to play the White Sox Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A decision regarding the status of that game is pending.

The Ravens have canceled a draft party slated for Thursday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger contributed to this story.