Baltimore continues to be one of America's most deadly cities with the latest shooting victim a homicide detective who was shot Wednesday and is currently in "grave condition". The detective was investigating a murder in a notoriously violent intersection in West Baltimore when he was attacked and shot in the head.
The city of Baltimore has a homicide almost every day with over 300 reported for the year of 2017 alone. The Baltimore Sun overlaid the shootings from the last 30 days over a map to show how many shootings have occurred in the last month alone.
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The Police Commissioner in Baltimore, Kevin Davis, spoke out from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center Wednesday evening and reported on the status of the gravely wounded detective saying the 18-year veteran was in "very, very grave condition." Commissioner Davis did not release the victim's identity but confirmed him to be a husband and the father of two.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: One officer crying, another with gun drawn at Fremont Ave & Bennet Pl. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WJZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WJZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/jOeUbljz9h">pic.twitter.com/jOeUbljz9h</a></p>— Devin Bartolotta (@WJZDevin) <a href="https://twitter.com/WJZDevin/status/930920462233882626?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Commissioner Davis also described the attack saying the detective was in the 900 block of Bennett Place in Harlem Park around 4:30 p.m. when he saw a man "engaged in suspicious behavior". The detective simply tried to strike a conversation with the man when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot him in the head.
The Commissioner described the shooter as a "cold, callous" shooter who is still at large but conveyed he is confident he will soon be caught. Authorities also announced a $64,000 reward for information that leads to the shooter's arrest.
Even Governor Larry Hogan expressed his resolve in the matter through Twitter saying the "individual responsible for this heinous crime will be found, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Baltimore Police has our full support as they track down this violent criminal and bring him to justice."
It is vital that we continue to show support to the men and woman who risk their lives to protect the public. There may be conflicts at times but at the end of the day, the police are just men and woman from our communities trying to perform an impossible job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this gravely wounded detective and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
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