With an unrelenting pace of homicides, detectives have struggled to arrest the killers. The department has cleared — a measure of arrests, suspects dying before trial and other factors — only 31% of homicides in 2019, one of the lowest rates in the last 30 years.
Police officials confirmed one shooting on the last day of 2019: an 18-year-old man who was struck by gunfire around 7:10 p.m. in the first block of South Arlington Avenue in South Baltimore. The victim was taken to a local hospital. Police did not specify the victim’s condition.
In the early hours of 2020, police reported a shooting downtown. Officers patrolling the area heard shots coming from the unit block of South Gay Street at 3:52 a.m. Wednesday. They found a 42-year-old man with a gunshot wound to one of his shoulders, according to the department’s Facebook page. He was taken to a hospital, but police provided no further information about his condition.