As of Thursday, the city of Baltimore surpassed last year’s total homicides with the killing of a 21-year-old man who became the 319th homicide victim for 2017. That’s one more than was killed in 2016 and there’s still the entire month of December to go.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
That means this year is now Baltimore’s second-deadliest on record on a per-capita basis, with a month left to go. The record was set in 2015, when there were 344 homicides.
Democratic Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has vowed to add police officers to address the “out of control” violence. However, she noted that adding hundreds of officers takes time.
A big problem in the city is repeat gun offenders. On Wednesday night, Baltimore police arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of attempted first-degree murder. As a felon, the suspect is barred from owning a weapon, yet, he had one in his waist band. One of the arresting officers was shot in the hand by the suspect with that gun during a struggle. The suspect was tazed and booked.
Commissioner Kevin Davis is asking for tougher penalties for criminals like these who continue to break the laws already on the books.