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Murder rate soars in Baltimore, hits five-month record

June 2nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

As the homicide rate in the nation’s capital drops, it is a much different story 40 miles north in Baltimore, Maryland, where murders are soaring to record levels. WTOP reports a deadly shooting on Wednesday marked Baltimore’s 146th homicide so far this year — the highest number the city has ever recorded during the first five months of a year, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun.


The number of homicides is more than 30 percent higher than this time last year and the number has climbed about 85 percent when compared to three years ago.“No one is proud of this violence,” said Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith in May. “It shouldn’t be tolerated. We should be doing what we can to make sure there is not another person who is associated with that number.”


The city’s murder rate is among the worst in the nation and has outpaced the level of violence seen in the 1990s, when killings routinely topped 300 annually. It also surpasses rates in Chicago and New Orleans, cities also struggling with gun violence.


Comparatively, in the District, the number of violent deaths has dropped.

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