Shootings

Murder Ink 5/31/17: 8 murders this week, 143 murders this year

Murder Ink 5/31/17: 8 murders this week, 143 murders this year

For seven weeks running, Baltimore has averaged more than one murder per day. By the 149th day of the year, the city had notched 143 homicides, a rate of killing that is unprecedented in the city’s history. Chicago, with more than four times Baltimore’s population, had 246 as of the same day. It is considered a crisis level of homicides, and has resulted in crackdowns on gangs that has reduced the number of shootings there. Baltimore’s murder rate is currently about two-and-a-half times Chicago’s. Mayor Catherine Pugh has called for federal help. On Friday, two...

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