Murder Maps

Ninety-two percent of the more than 2,500 people murdered in Baltimore over the past decade were African-American. Most of those were men and boys. And most of them were killed with handguns. This map displays every male African-American who was killed by gunfire in Baltimore from January 1, 2006 through mid-June, 2016. The other map (opposite page) includes all other murders, including African-American women, people of other races and black men who were murdered by means other than firearms.

To summarize: 1,885 out of 2,568 murders in this decade-long data set were black men and boys who were shot. That is more than 73 percent of the total.

If African-American men were not killed by gunfire, three-fourths of Baltimore's murders would disappear.

African-American males comprise about one-third of Baltimore's population, but they are 85 percent of its murder victims. And 87 percent of the black men and boys killed in Baltimore are killed by firearms.

By contrast, just over half (49/91) of the white male murder victims were shot. Only 17 of the 40 white women killed in Baltimore since 2006 were shot—43 percent. Among Hispanic males, 25 out of 39 were killed with guns—64 percent.

The murder rate of African-American men in Baltimore is 10 times the national murder rate for all people. In these neighborhoods—Sandtown-Winchester, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Central Park Heights and others—it is higher still.

African-American males shot, 2006-2015

Because of geocoding errors, the data in this visualization is incomplete; the totals are somewhat fewer than the real totals available in the original Murder Ink map and database.

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