Non-Fatal Shootings, Homicides Reach New Heights in June

The number of non-fatal shootings in Baltimore City topped May’s record-breaking monthly count for 2022 in June with a 45.8 percent increase.

Baltimore Witness reported on 64 non-fatal shootings in May—the most non-fatal shootings in 2022—which was overtaken by 68 non-fatal shootings reported in June. These incidents have increased every month except for April when non-fatal shootings dropped about 22.6 percent from 62 to 48.

In the first six months of 2022, June marks the third time non-fatal shootings exceeded the 60s, including 62 in March and 64 in May.

The most non-fatal shootings in a single day last month occurred on June 26 when Baltimore Witness reported eight non-fatal shootings in seven separate incidents. Among them was a double shooting on 1600 block Aliceanna Street where a 34-year-old man was shot in the stomach and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.

Both victims received treatment at local hospitals, and no arrests have been made in the case as of July 1.

June also had the second-highest homicide count this year when it climbed from 24 homicides in May to 35 in June.

Baltimore City had the most homicides in a single day on June 7 when four homicides were reported in three separate incidents.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on the 5500 block of Plainfield Avenue, four men were shot, two of which were killed, according to the Baltimore Police Department. The 18-year-old and 23-year-old were taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Darren Barnes, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene, and 19-year-old Craig Phillips Jr. died later at a hospital.

The other homicides occurred on the 3100 block of Chesterfield Avenue and the 1900 block Ramsey Street, respectively. On Chesterfield Avenue, one of three individuals was killed in a shooting, with another man fatally shot on Ramsey Street.

June 8, 16, 18, and 19 each saw three homicides, according to Baltimore Witness data.

So far this year, Baltimore Witness reported the most homicides in January—38—a number that has continued to fluctuate over the past six months.