Shootings

Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

There was an element of luck in this week's low number of homicides: there were 11 non-fatal shootings reported as well. The police department says it is solving more murders, but its clearance rate for 2016, just under 40 percent, is still lower than other big cities, and those other cities' rates are lower than they used to be. At least 290 of last year's 318 Baltimore homicide victims were African-American—over 91 percent of the victims. As in previous years, four out of five were killed outside, most of those on the streets of the city's neighborhoods called by some the "Black Butterfly" because of the shape of Baltimore's geographic segregation. Police Commissioner Kevin...

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