BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A surge in deadly violence over the weekend. One of the victims is Baltimore Council President Jack Young’s nephew.
Tracey Leong has reaction from the community.
As a result, the city has been put on high alert, increasing patrols. City leaders say they are outraged by the senseless act.
A rise in chaos and bloodshed on the streets of Baltimore. One of those victims–Steven Jackson. The 29-year-old was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head on the 3200 block of Elmley Avenue in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.
Jackson was the nephew of city council president Jack Young, who released a statement, saying: “The council president and his family respectfully request privacy as they mourn the tragic passing of their nephew and loved one.”
Baltimore leaders are also expressing their support.
“I feel for him and his family. No one should have to go through that, no matter who it is,” said Councilman Brandon Scott.
“On behalf of the Baltimore Police Department, I wanted to extend our condolences to the family and their losses,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took to Twitter:
I want offer my most sincere condolences to Council President Young and his family during this very difficult time.
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) April 4, 2015
Now, the community is pulling together to try and end this violence overtaking the city, and police are beefing up officers’ presence on the streets.
“We are moving quickly and we are moving in a very focused manner to make sure that we continue to keep our city safe this weekend,” Commissioner Batts said.
Saturday’s killing shows that no one is safe from the brutality.
“None of us are exempt from the violence and the senselessness and the stupid stuff that is happening in our city that people are losing their lives over,” said Scott.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding Steven Jackson’s shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
The city council is planning to address the rise in violence as well.