After a deadly weekend in which seven people were killed since Saturday, Baltimore’s 2021 homicide tally has jumped to 107 as the city’s mayor and police commissioner vow to continue seeking ways to quell the violence that has already surged past last year’s recorded numbers, reports the Baltimore Sun. Last year at this time Baltimore had recorded 91 homicides on the way to a total of 335 killings in 2020. Despite reporting nine shootings in the last 24 hours, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison defended the department’s patrol deployment strategy, saying that officers were sometimes only blocks away from some of the shootings before they occurred.
Police are bracing as May and June historically have been among the city’s most violent months. The killing comes on the heels of a Sunday night melee at Carroll Park, which Mayor Brandon Scott, at a Monday afternoon news conference, labeled a “mass shooting.” Four people were shot at a large gathering, including one fatally. Scott called the increase in violence “unacceptable” and said he’s continuing to work with Commissioner Harrison on coming up with answers.