Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Reaching the boiling point. Neighbors across Baltimore are fed up as shootings escalate across the city. Six more people fell victim in just the past 24 hours—four of those Tuesday afternoon!
Meghan McCorkell has more.
Both the community and police admit they are frustrated as the violence continues to grip the city this summer. Gunshot after gunshot sends neighbors on North Carrolton Avenue ducking for cover.
“Thank God my father is alright. I pray for the people that got shot,” said neighbor Linda Faulkner.
Four men were hit by the bullets. Maleek Williams heard the gunfire and ran to the scene—where he found his brother and cousin shot.
“It’s going to hurt a lot of people. It’s hurting a lot of people ’cause these guys could have died today,” Williams said.
Frustrated neighbors are calling for more help from police.
“I don’t know what they need to do but they need to do something to make it safe for others,” said Yvette Sarabia.
Police say they’re fed up, too.
“It’s extremely frustrating. It is. And we’re actively encouraging the community to assist us in moving forward in these cases,” said Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere.
The violent streak is stretching across the city. Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a gunman opened fire in the 18-hundred block of East Lanvale, killing one man and injuring another. Two miles away, neighbors in Belair-Edison march together to try and activate their own community.
“So we can stand together and unify so that those that’s bringing the negative energy to Belair-Edison, we can let them know it will not be tolerated,” said Belair-Edison Community Association President Danielle Medley.
For Maleek Williams, he just wants to make it out of the city.
“Bodymore, Murderland—something like that. That’s the name for Baltimore because this is actually where everyone’s getting killed in Baltimore,” he said.
Nearly 50 people have been shot in Baltimore since the start of summer.
Tuesday night, the police commissioner announced a series of leadership changes in the department that he says will help police be more tactically efficient and accountable.