After nine people were killed since Saturday, Baltimore’s mayor and police commissioner expressed frustration with the surge of homicides as 2020 comes to a close.
Five people were killed over the weekend and seven others were injured in shootings. Two more men and two women were killed Monday and four others injured, police said.
In one incident on Sunday, two women were killed in a double shooting just before 8:30 p.m. in the Saint Josephs neighborhood. The city has now seen 328 homicides this year.
Mayor Brandon Scott called the killings “unfortunate and unacceptable.”
“The significance of what we have to do in our city, focusing again on the folks committing the violence and violent repeat offenders in these small groups, focusing again on guns that are coming into our city, but also focusing on our ability to deal with addiction and all the other things that are helping to drive violence in the city.”
”We are working constantly through having smart deployment strategies, putting officers where we know they need to be, based on patterns and trends of crimes,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference Monday.
“And we’re working to identify those bad actors who are pulling the triggers and who are carrying the guns. But we need help from our community.”
The violence continued Monday, however, when around 12 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of East Jeffrey St. in the Brooklyn neighborhood to investigate a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found a 28-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.
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A few hours later, Central District officers were called to West Fayette and North Eutaw streets for a shooting around 5:30 p.m.
Police said when they got to the downtown Baltimore shooting they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers also found another man on North Howard and West Baltimore streets with gunshot wounds to the leg and back.
Both men were transported to an area hospital where they are listed in stable condition, police said.
Northern District officers were called to an area hospital for a walk-in shooting victim around 7:15 p.m.
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Police said they found a 19-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the hospital, police said.
Detectives determined that the teen was shot in the 800 block of Beaumont Ave. when he was shot by an unidentified suspect in the Winston-Govans neighborhood, police said.
Officers were called to an area hospital for another walk-in shooting, where police found two men had been shot.
Police said the men were in West Baltimore at McKean Avenue and Mosher Street when they were both shot by an unidentified suspect.
Around 9:30 p.m. in the Union Square neighborhood, Southern District officers were called to the 1300 block of W. Pratt St. for a ShotSpotter alert.
When officers arrived they found a woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to an area hospital where she later died, police said.
Officers said they also found another woman down the street in the 200 block of S. Carey St. with multiple gunshot wounds. She died at the scene, police said.