Baltimore's last weekend without a shooting was the weekend Freddie Gray was arrested

About 230 Baltimore police officers assigned to administrative duties will leave their offices for patrol work as the police department seeks to combat a spike in violence across the city.

New York City recently had its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years. The last time Baltimore went shooting-free from Friday through Sunday was in April 2015 — the same weekend Freddie Gray was arrested.

Spurts of violence and high homicide rates have largely colored the last several years since Gray’s death. There have been 45 homicides in the last 30 days and 11 shootings on Tuesday alone.


The high crime rate prompted the Baltimore Police Department to reassign hundreds of officers from administrative positions to patrol duty, as interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh decried the shootings.

The graph below shows the number of homicides recorded over monthlong spans since early 2007. Each point is the sum of the previous 30 days’ homicides.

Rolling 30-day homicides as of Oct. 17, 2018
(Baltimore Sun / Data: baltimoresun.com/homicides)

It’s been more than three years since Baltimore went without a shooting for a weekend, according to data entered by the Baltimore Police Department into the Open Baltimore Part I Victim-Based Crime report.

Here are a few key findings from the report about periods of high crime and calm in the city from Jan. 1, 2012, through Oct. 13, 2018. The findings are based on the total incidents listed as having occurred on each day.

Weekend without shootings

» Baltimore hasn’t seen a weekend without a shooting since Freddie Gray was arrested. The last weekend — a period defined as Friday through Sunday — in which Baltimore saw no shootings was the weekend of April 10-12, 2015, meaning there were zero shootings in Baltimore on those days. Gray was arrested April 12 and died from injuries suffered in police custody April 19.

Daily shooting record

» The 11 shootings Baltimore saw Tuesday was the highest one-day total this year. The last day there were as many shootings was Sept. 24, 2016, when police data show 12 were shot.

Longest stretch without a shooting

» Since 2012, the longest stretch of time Baltimore went without a shooting was an eight-day period in 2014. From Feb. 12-19 that year no one in Baltimore was recorded as shot.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

To learn more about the methodology and review the computer code that generated the analysis, go to www.baltimoresun.com/2018-shootings-analysis.

Six people were shot, one fatally, in five incidents Wednesday, including one that happened on West Northern Parkway on Wednesday during rush hour, according to Baltimore City police. 

2:00 p.m. Oct. 18: This story was updated to remove references to a daily shooting record for 2018 because there was an issue with the data.

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