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Baltimore homicides are up more than 17% this year, with seven dead since Saturday as mayor vows to find a solution

A deadly three days in Baltimore have pushed the 2021 homicide count to 107, far ahead of last year’s pace as the city’s mayor and police commissioner vow to continue seeking ways to quell the violence.

Seven people have been killed since Saturday, including a woman who collapsed and died after walking into a hospital around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Police said she had been shot in the Western District and arrived at the unspecified hospital with another woman who also had been shot. Her condition is unknown, police said.

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The killing comes on the heels of a Sunday night melee at Carroll Park, which Mayor Brandon Scott, at a Monday afternoon news conference, labeled a “mass shooting.” Four people were shot at a large gathering, including one fatally.

Scott called the increase in violence “unacceptable,” and said he’s continuing to work with Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to come up with answers.

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“We also have to be better as citizens,” Scott added. “We have to look in the mirror and have a self-check as a city of what we’re going to allow to be happening on our streets.”

Last year at this time Baltimore had recorded 91 homicides on the way to a total of 335 killings in 2020. Police are bracing as May and June historically have been among the city’s most violent months in recent years.

Harrison said the Carroll Park shootings took place around 8 p.m. during a “major gathering” there and investigators believe a group of people on dirt bikes got into an argument with another group, leading to the shootings.

It was one of nine shooting incidents reported by police in the past 24 hours. Another man was found dead early Sunday of apparent blunt trauma to the head.

Harrison defended the department’s patrol deployment strategy, saying that officers were sometimes only blocks away from some of the shootings before they occurred.

“We had a robust deployment strategy for the weekend and some of the incidents, we had officers a couple blocks away and responded very quickly,” he said. “But as I’ve stated many times in the past, this violence that we see far too often ... occurs when individuals decide to pick up a gun and then to later use that gun to solve their conflicts or to enact revenge on someone because of a previous conflict.”

Echoing Harrison’s sentiment, Scott added that “a simple argument should not lead to someone dying.”

Officials also said that a man shot in Northwest Baltimore’s Glen neighborhood was visiting the city from Israel to attend his cousin’s wedding and was shot during a robbery.

Commissioner Harrison said Monday afternoon that investigators believe that Ephraim Gordan, a 31-year-old who died after he was shot in the 3700 block of Fords Lane, was killed in an apparent robbery. Harrison did not say whether police have identified a suspect.

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schliefer said he spent the majority of Monday helping Gordan’s family after his fatal shooting. Gordan was in town from Israel for a week to attend his cousin’s wedding and was walking back to his aunt and uncle’s house before a robbery turned into a homicide, Schliefer said Monday.

“The big issue I see here is that those who are committing the violent crimes are not being brought to justice,” Schliefer said in reference to people responsible for recent homicides in the city.

Here’s a summary of the violence since Saturday:

Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, a Northern District officer was conducting a car stop in the 3100 block of Greenmount Ave. when he heard gunshots.

The officer responded to the 500 block of Gorsuch Ave., about a block away from the car stop, where he found a 30-year-old man shot in the leg and back and a 23-year-old man shot in the abdomen and buttocks.

A third victim, a 25-year-old man, was found in the 3400 block of Greenmount Ave., and police said he was shot in the ankle.

All three men were transported to area hospitals and police said their conditions are unknown.

Police say one woman died at the hospital Monday afternoon and another was injured after the two were shot in their parked car in the 600 block of N. Fremont Ave. The department said it received ShotSpotter alerts around 2:30 p.m.

Shortly before noon Monday, police say, a 31-year-old woman was found shot dead in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace.

Around 12:05 a.m. Monday, officers found Gordan shot in the 3700 block of Fords Lane. He later died at the hospital.

On Sunday, four people were shot at Carroll Park around 8:11 p.m., police said. A 22-year-old man died from his injuries while three other victims, two 21-year-old men and a 20-year-old man, were injured and taken to the hospital.

Less than two hours earlier, just before 6:30 p.m., police say a 39-year-old man was found shot multiple times in the 2600 block of W. Fairmount Ave. He later died at the hospital.

Before that, police took another man to the hospital with serious injuries after they found him shot multiple times in the 1300 block of N. Milton Ave. around 4:45 p.m. He was last listed in critical condition.

At about 8:30 a.m., police say they found an unidentified man dead of apparent blunt force trauma to the head in the 2500 block of McHenry St.

On Saturday, police responded to three nonfatal shootings and one homicide.

The department said an adult woman was found dead inside a vacant building in the 4200 block of Massachusetts Ave. after officers responded to a report of an unresponsive person at around 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Police said Monday that the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled her death a homicide.

Anyone with information on the homicides is asked to call 410-396-2100 or leave anonymous tips at 1-866-756-2587.

Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.

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