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Gun-controlled Baltimore has one of its most violent weekends: 17 shot, including 2-year-old

The Baltimore Sun reports that this past weekend, 17 people were shot — four of them fatally —one of its most brutal weekends on record. This includes a two-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during a “road rage” incident.

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“The violent crime is “sad and incredible sickening,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said, “especially when innocent children are caught in the middle.”

“As I have said repeatedly, enough is enough,” Hogan said in a statement. “We will continue working closely with city leaders and urging members of the legislature to do more to get these repeat violent offenders off our streets.”

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young did not respond to a request for comment.

City Council President Brandon Scott, a Democrat who is running for mayor, called the weekend’s bloodshed “unacceptable” and said he intends to increase pressure on Baltimore police and Commissioner Michael Harrison to address the violence.

“We have to start to push a little harder on how they’re dealing with the violence day to day,” he said.

Harrison said in a statement that the men and women of the police department are focused on deterring violent crime in Baltimore.

“Prior to this weekend, as I mentioned to the City Council last week, I was encouraged by the overall trends in homicides and shootings over the past several weeks,” he said. “I think we all recognize that the issues driving spikes in violence must be addressed by a wide range of people and organizations, not just the police department, in order to make Baltimore the city we all want it to be.”

Read here about all the gun violence in Baltimore this past weekend.

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Gun control in Baltimore: 7 shot – 2 fatally – in 16 hours as homicide count reaches 240

Meanwhile in gun-controlled Chiraq: 34 shot, 6 fatally over the weekend.

Both cities have strict gun control laws. Yet it’s as if the criminals just don’t care…

From Fox News: The first weekend in September was another violent one in Charm City.

In the span of about 16 hours, seven people were shot — two fatally — in various neighborhoods throughout Baltimore.

The Baltimore Police Department said on Facebook the violent streak began around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Officers arriving at the scene in West Baltimore found a 39-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

About two hours later a 28-year-old man was discovered shot on Milton Street in East Baltimore. He was transported to an area hospital and listed in serious condition, according to police.

Early Sunday, police responded to a neighborhood just north of Baltimore’s Penn Station for a report of a shooting around 1:22 a.m. Officers located a 27-year-old man with a gunshot wound in the leg who was later transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Just before 7 a.m. on Sunday, police went to Gold Street and discovered a 26-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso, neck and head. The man was transported to an area hospital, where he later died, according to police.

About an hour later a double shooting was reported in South Baltimore on Filbert Street, where a 21-year-old man was shot in the back and transported to the hospital.

A short time later, a 23-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm, leg and groin walked into an area hospital. Police believe both victims were on nearby Pennington Avenue when an unknown suspect began shooting.

Mike Callow, who was near the shooting on Pennington Avenue, told FOX45 Baltimore on Sunday the violence is overwhelming. “I think there’s a lot of senseless killings out here,” he said.

Callow echoed calls to get the violence under control in Baltimore. “It’s very upsetting. Nobody wants to see nobody get killed,” he told FOX45. “Everybody has a value in life and purpose in life and it’s just sad seeing people die every day throughout the city.”

By Sunday afternoon, Baltimore police were busy responding to yet another shooting in North Baltimore. Police said that incident happened around 1:40 p.m. when the 36-year-old male victim walked into an area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Due to the victim being very uncooperative with investigators, a location and suspect information is unknown at this time,” police said.

Baltimore is in the midst of yet another violent year, with the homicide count now up to at least 240 reported homicides in 2019, according to statistics compiled by the Baltimore Sun. The city is on pace to have more than 300 murders for a fifth straight year.

“It’s very sad seeing this,” Callow told FOX45. “It seems like its every week, every couple weeks.”

In addition to a police department that’s distrusted by many residents, Charm City has seen a mix of chronically high rates of violent crime. The city of Baltimore is one of the most dangerous in America, according to the FBI.

Baltimore has been in the throes of a steep rise in violent crime since 2015, when the homicide rate spiked amid the city’s worst rioting in decades following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody. In 2017, the FBI placed the city on its “Crime in the U.S.” list. Baltimore was listed well above that of any other large American metropolis, with the 342 homicides notched that year, yielding a stunning homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people.

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Baltimore deputy police commissioner robbed at gun point

Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Murphy

I wondered why a member of the police department wouldn’t be carrying while out and about in Baltimore. My question was answered when I saw his picture.

From Baltimore Sun: One of Baltimore’s newest deputy police commissioners and his wife were robbed at gunpoint Friday night near Patterson Park, police said.

Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were approached around 9 p.m. by four men in a large white SUV at the 2200 block of East Pratt Street, police said in a statement. Two approximately 18-year-old men got out of the SUV and approached the couple. The men announced it was a robbery, showed a gun and fled with a wallet, a purse, some cash and multiple cell phones, the press release said.

No one was injured.

Commissioner Michael Harrison, and the two men worked together in the New Orleans police department. In New Orleans, Murphy was the deputy superintendent of compliance for its consent decree, and was tapped by Harrison to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with its own, similar federal consent decree.

In an April interview with the Sun, Murphy talked about the similarities between the two cities, and the challenges.

“I think the challenges are very similar” in Baltimore and New Orleans, Murphy said. “Obviously, every community, every police department is unique, but the success we had in New Orleans is directly transferable to here and we will modify it as necessary.”

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Baltimore youth activity: Hundreds of teens attack and rob people at waterfront

Last Saturday at the waterfront (known as Inner Harbor) in Baltimore, hundreds of teens took to the streets to harass people. Here’s how the Baltimore Sun described it:

“Last Saturday, many teens spread messages online to meet in the Inner Harbor. As the day turned to night, the crowd swelled to more than 400, police estimate.

Most of the youth gathered peacefully, but as the night went on tensions escalated. Scattered fights broke out among the youth. Some tried to smash storefront windows, police said. Some walked in the middle of Pratt Street and blocked traffic. A half-dozen youths took a bicyclist to the ground and beat him. One teen jumped on the roofs of two parked cars. Another randomly kicked a passerby in the face, according to a video compiled and distributed by Baltimore Police.

Officers arrested six people and charged them with disorderly conduct, destruction of property, unarmed robbery and assault.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for eight teens who attacked a young couple outside an Inner Harbor steakhouse the night before. A 32-year-old woman was beaten in the face and hospitalized at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Worley said.

“It was a severe enough injury that at one point they thought she may lose her eye,” said Worley, adding that doctors no longer believe she will lose her eye. “It was a vicious attack — unprovoked at all. The couple were walking to their car.”

Police have made no arrests. Detectives are working to enhance surveillance camera footage and identify the attackers.”

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Trapped & defenseless: Baltimore home-invasion victims waited 14 minutes for police

Do tell gun grabbers: Why do you want to strip citizens of their Second Amendment right, leaving victims helpless while at the mercy of slow-responding police?

From Fox Baltimore: As Baltimore Police scrambled to the scenes of shootings early Saturday morning, two young females and a 2-year-old boy were trapped on a rooftop.

Shannon Gaasch says she had just gone to bed when she heard the sound of glass shattering.  Someone had thrown a brick through her friend’s door and were inside the house.

Immediately, the homeowner grabbed her son and ran to the room where Shannon was sleeping. Trapped on the second floor, the three had only a rooftop run to.

For nearly 15 minutes, Gaasch was on the phone with 911.

During the call, Gaasch said: “I keep telling the dispatcher, ‘They’re still in the house, they’re still in the house. Where are the cops? We need them here. We have nowhere to go.”’

At one point, Gaasch could hear sirens off in the distance. The dispatcher tells Gaasch they’re responding to another call.

While Baltimore police say an officer arrived to the house a minute after the call was dispatched, phone records show Gaasch was on the phone with 911 for 14 minutes. Online 911 data posted by the City of Baltimore shows an initial call received at 2:15 a.m. from the Highlandtown address.

FOX45 has yet to receive records requested from the City of Baltimore that could offer some insight on why it took 15 minutes to respond.

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Baltimore lawmaker's grandson killed in Labor Day weekend violence

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Lawmaker Talmadge Branch loses his grandson


Baltimore has a serious murder problem.
The residents of Baltimore recently begged for a “Don’t kill anybody weekend” which resulted in three people being shot, two of them fatally. Seven people were killed over Labor Day weekend. There have now been 242 homicides in the city in 2017, a near historic pace.
Lawmaker Talmadge Branch has been in office since 1995, representing the 45th legislative district. In 2013, he supported major gun control measures that included banning assault weapons, requiring people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints and limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. At the time he was quoted as saying the following (via Fox News):
“Delegate Talmadge Branch, D-Baltimore, told lawmakers how Baltimore legislators regularly attend funerals of people who are gunned down. He described a calendar that sometimes included two funerals a week or two a month. 
“We don’t have a need for an assault rifle in the city of Baltimore,” Branch said. “We don’t have that kind of need, and we don’t need guns on the street that are unlicensed, and we don’t need guns on the street that are actually killing people.” 
With all due respect sir, the guns aren’t actually killing people. It’s the people holding the guns who are killing people.
Now the gun violence has hit home especially close for this lawmaker. Sadly, murders will continue until lawmakers address the root cause of people killing people in that city.
From CBS Baltimore: A man killed in a shooting Monday is reportedly the grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch, according to our media partner The Baltimore Sun.
Branch said his grandson Tyrone is Baltimore’s latest murder victim, and the veteran lawmaker pleaded for the city’s gun violence to stop.
Three hours after the young man’s death, The Sun says Branch said that the city’s violence “touched my family now.”
Tyrone is reportedly the oldest child of Branch’s daughter.
Baltimore Police say the shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. at the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave.  Responding officers found the 22-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time after arriving.
Police say the victim was reportedly was talking with two unknown suspects, when they opened fire on him, and left in a white vehicle after the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, Metro crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443)902-4824.
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"Don't kill anybody": Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

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It’s come to this: Wearing t-shirts begging folks not to kill. Mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must be so proud.
From MSN: A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has stopped by them for weeks to make her pitch for peace.
Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence. “It’s a city-wide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”
Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for the three-day ceasefire to quell Baltimore’s violence on the first weekend of August. She admits, however, that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.
Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6 with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”
Their message has been printed on T-shirts and fliers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grassroots campaign has swelled since it began in May.
“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”
The campaign urges people to put aside their guns and join weekend events for healing, from a peace rally Friday evening to a vigil Sunday where participants will read the names of every person killed in 2017.
“The Baltimore Ceasefire was not declared by any one organization,” organizers wrote on their website. “This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility.”
More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners. “You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.
A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford’s own younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.
Next month’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figured the movement has already saved a life somewhere. “Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”
The organizers are raising money through their website for more fliers. Some of the money will be donated to the families of anyone killed over the ceasefire weekend. Bridgeford is urging everyone she meets to echo the call for peace. “Jumping out in open-air drug markets might not be for everyone,” she said. “But we’re asking everyone to do their part.”
Community ceasefires, however, have failed to stem the violence in the past. The group Mothers of Murdered Sons called for a ceasefire over Mother’s Day weekend, but at least four people were shot, including a 59-year-old man and 17-year-old woman; both were killed.
Other communities have called for ceasefires after spates of violence in Birmingham, Ala. and Berkeley, Calif., and such efforts are as much about empowering residents as reducing homicide statistics, said Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.
Persistent violence often leaves neighbors feeling powerless, she said. “Communities feel like they can’t do things for themselves. They don’t have a voice. They don’t feel heard,” she said. “This effort seems to me like the people most affected by violence are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.'”
A similar awareness campaign began in Chicago in 2013 and has spread across the country with people wearing orange in June to draw attention to the scourge of gun violence. Across the country more than 90 people are shot and killed every day, according to the Wear Orange campaign.
Baltimore, meanwhile, remains gripped by its own violent spike, with 2017 on pace to be the city’s deadliest year ever. The number of homicides shot up to 344 in 2015; another 318 people were killed last year. Baltimore had not exceeded 300 annual homicides for decades before 2015.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Crifasi said of the ceasefire. “It indicates to me there are lots of people in Baltimore still invested in the safety and security of their communities.”
People like Bridgeford who has carried the message to Baltimore’s drug corners. She found an unexpected audience, even encouragement in the streets. “I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.'”
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