Almost Ignored After Baltimore Riots: 31 Killed, 39 Wounded In Month


The protests and riots that roiled Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death quieted after six police officers were charged. Even as shops were looted and burned and 3,200 Maryland National Guard troops came to restore order, another type of violence was consuming Baltimore. From mid-April to mid-May, 31 people were killed, and 39 others were wounded by gunfire, the Washington Post reports. Twice, 10 people were shot on a single day. As of Friday, the deadly burst has pushed the city's homicide count to 91, 21 above last year at the same time. The Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple and a local activist, said city residents have “almost been anesthetized” to the killings. “In any other community, these numbers would be jaw-dropping.”

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