Blood stained the front steps of a home on New Year’s Eve in North Baltimore, where three people were killed and another was injured Monday night, police said — the second multiple shooting in the final two weeks of the city’s deadliest year in recent memory.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 348 people had been killed and more than twice as many hurt in shootings in Baltimore in 2019.
The city recorded its highest murder rate per capita this year, and homicide detectives have struggled to solve the cases, clearing less than a third of them, the unit’s lowest success rate in three decades.
The city is also nearing the all-time record of 353 homicides from 1993.
Commissioner Michael Harrison said Tuesday that responding officers located three men suffering from gunshot wounds inside a home on East 43rd Street, off Greenmount Avenue, in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Wilson Park.
Two men were pronounced dead at the scene, and third taken to an area hospital where he died. The fourth victim, who is in serious but stable condition, arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds about 10 minutes after the shooting, police said.
Police said that all of the victims were shot inside of a home, “which means the perpetrator was likely known in some way to the victims and was allowed entry into the residence,” Harrison said at a news conference at police headquarters Tuesday morning.
He said he did not know how the victims knew each other, but responding officers found no evidence of forced entry.
City police said 44 other murders this year occurred inside a home, which Harrison said generally indicate the perpetrator were likely to be known to their victims. The majority of the killings — 204 — occurred on the street, according to department figures.
Harrison has regularly pointed to the city’s culture of violence where shooters feel they have few consequences and readily solve disputes by picking up a gun.
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SOURCE: Baltimore Sun, Jessica Anderson and Colin Campbell