As of Thursday night, November 2nd, there have been over 300 murders in Baltimore City in 2017. We are now standing at 301 total deaths that have accrued over this past year. Between 7:20 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.there were three murders that occurred in Baltimore City, bringing up the total to above 300. Baltimore had not reached over 300 deaths since the 1990’s before 2015 hit. So in 2015, 2016, and now 2017, there have been over 300 deaths, with still 2 months remaining in the 2017 calendar year. The record for most deaths in a year in Baltimore occurred in 1993 where 353 people were killed, a mark that could be surpassed this year.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the city Baltimore had around 100,000 more people living in the city, so reaching over 300 murders was a common occurrence. However, since there are less people living in the city now, 300 murders is an incredibly high number. In comparison to the national average, Baltimore was ranked 2nd in the nation for murders per 100,000 people with a rate of 51.2 people per 100K. They are only second to the city of St. Louis has a murder rate of 59.3.
In light of these recent shootings, activists have proposed a 72-hour ceasefire in the city of Baltimore. The first ceasefire came back in August when shootings were skyrocketing during the summer. People throughout the city held barbecues and other party type events in hopes to reduce the amount of gunfire, but unfortunately there were still two homicides that occurred that weekend. The activists still proclaimed the ceasefire a success and hope to continue that success into this coming weekend. This has become a quarterly event throughout Baltimore, and it will hopefully become more permanent as the activists try to reduce the gun violence.
Police have been patrolling the neighborhoods in hope to curb this recent rise of violence, and according to a Baltimore Sun interview with city-councilman Brandon Scott, :“They've been there, they've been making arrests. But this shows it's bigger than that,” he said. The police are trying to stop this violence but cannot control the amount of shootings that have been occurring in these neighborhoods.
We hope that the violence will stop soon in our beloved city. If you have any questions regarding gun laws or criminal law in Baltimore, please do not hesitate to contact the Offices of Nicholas J. Del Pizzo today.