Baltimore City’s Homicides, Non-Fatal Shootings Drop in May

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Baltimore City saw a decrease in both non-fatal shootings and homicides from April 2023 to May 2023, dropping approximately 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

According to Baltimore Witness data, 60 non-fatal shootings were reported last month compared to 73 non-fatal shootings in April. Shootings decreased in seven of the city’s nine districts, most significantly by eight shootings in the Southeastern District and six shootings in both the Northern and Southern Districts. Minimal decreases were also reported in the Eastern, Northwestern, and Southwestern districts.

The most significant increase in shootings occurred in the central district from three shootings to 12 shootings.

On May 26, Baltimore Police reported a quintuple shooting in the city’s Central District around 3:30 p.m. on the 200 block of N. Eutaw Street. The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument between the accused shooter and one of the victims.

Four of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, while the fifth victim walked into a hospital. The victims ages ranged from 38 to 63.

No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting as of June 8.

The Western and Northeastern Districts also each increased by three shootings.

Baltimore Witness also reported 22 homicides in May, down from April’s 28 homicides. Four of the city’s districts experienced a decline in reported homicides, particularly the Southeastern District, which dropped from five homicides in April to one homicide in May. While there was an increase of only one homicide in the Northeastern District, the central and northwestern districts each saw an increase of two homicides.

The three Central District homicides in May all occurred within one mile of each other, Baltimore Witness data shows. The homicides were reported within three weeks of each other on the 600 block of W. Lafayette Avenue, the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, and the 500 block of W. Franklin Street.

The Southwestern and Northern Districts maintained their homicide count in May at four homicides and one homicide, respectively.

There were no police-involved homicides or vehicular deaths reported last month.

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