Baltimore Reached New Homicide Record

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Baltimore sets a new homicide record in 2017—the most homicides per capita ever!

The Baltimore Sun reports on the new homicide record without mentioning Freddie Gray, anti-police riots (and crime sprees) and the commitment of the police to “listen.”

So, we have a huge riot and then all this response from community activists, churches, police, and politicians, and what is the result? More homicides! Nothing has addressed the problem and the people who the media credits with caring for the city have no idea what to do.

The Baltimore Sun reports, “Baltimore has now had 343 homicides in 2017, sets record for killings per capita.

With two fatal shootings Tuesday night, the recent reclassification of a decades-old shooting as a killing and another homicide Wednesday evening, Baltimore has hit 343 homicides in 2017, and a new record for killings per capita.

The homicide rate for 2017 is now 55.8 killings per 100,000 people. The previous record was 55.35 per 100,000 in 2015. The city suffered 344 homicides that year, but had thousands more residents.

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Kara, 33, and Sheree, 27, who did not want to give their last names out of concern about violence in the area, said they were waiting to turn off of North Hilton Street when a vehicle came up behind, hitting an oncoming vehicle and then their own.

A man jumped out of the car and said, “I’m shot! I’m shot!” then jumped into the backseat of their car, where young children were sitting, they said.

“I just don’t want to be out here,” Kara said. “You’re in the car minding your own business, and look what happens.”

Read the entire Baltimore Sun story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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