Baltimore police commissioner Frederick Bealefeld is concerned about a spate of nonfatal shootings that has added to an uptick in violence, the Baltimore Sun reports. Despite the recent rise, shootings have fallen 25 percent this year. The city has also seen a 35 percent drop in homicides compared with 2007. Bealefeld said detectives who work on shootings are solving fewer cases this year, about 40 percent compared with 48 percent last year.
Those detectives typically work cases for four days and walk a beat on the fifth day to bolster the numbers of officers on the street, said Paul Blair, head of the city police union. On Tuesday, the commissioner ordered supervisors for robbery detectives to headquarters to examine patterns in their cases, saying people often are shot in revenge for an earlier robbery.