Six people were shot fatally in Baltimore in just one night forcing the local police to assign additional officers to the streets on mandatory 12-hour shifts to try to stop more violence and bloodshed.
Kevin Davis, Baltimore Police Commissioner, called Monday night’s rash of killings as “an unconscionable amount of violence in a short amount of time.” Davis said his officers responded to five separate incidents from 8:20 p.m. Monday night to 3:25 early Tuesday morning, which also includes a quadruple shooting. When Baltimore police officers arrived at the scene, they found three men and a lone woman were shot. The victims were brought to a hospital but a 26-year-old male victim and the female victim were pronounced dead.
A separate incident found more men ages 19,20, 23 and 55 had been shot. They were transported to a hospital, but their current conditions remain unknown.
Davis describes the violent happenings as cases of “guns, gangs and drugs”. He also said that all the victims are known to authorities.
Davis said: “I expect people to be upset, to want a better Baltimore, to want a sense of peace and tranquility when they go to their car or to work or walk in the neighborhood, that they don’t have to put up with this crap.” Davis added they are fighting to find a way to solve the situation and restore public safety in the city.
Davis has already talked with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local law enforcement partners to respond to the violence.
The city has seen 159 homicides this year, including 38 killings in May and 32 in January. The spike in killings started in May of 2015 after the death in April of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose neck was found broken in police custody. Gray’s death triggered civil unrest and since then the crime incidents remain unabated.