Baltimore is facing its highest homicide rate in 20 years, with over 100 homicides already reported this year and April has not yet come to an end.
The homicide rate scaled to 100 after three new homicides were recorded on Monday, including one that took place near Inner Harbor.
While Baltimore police were discussing that shooting, in East Baltimore a man was shot to death in proximity of a senior citizen facility that had been set on fire during the 2015 riots. The facility has since been rebuilt and is in full operation. The shooting fatality in East Baltimore pushed the homicide rate up to 101 for 2017.
Thirty-two homicides were recorded in January- the highest in that month since 2005 – and there is no end in sight to the violence. The death of Freddie Gray sparked violence in the city and has been scaling higher ever since.
The chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, T.J. Smith, told Baltimore Sun during an interview that authorities are “continuing to do everything we can to impact that number, so it doesn’t continue to grow.”