BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The uptick in violence gripping Baltimore City continues as the start of August comes with multiple people shot overnight.
Amy Yensi has more on an already violent start to the month.
The numbers are staggering. Two days into August, 10 people were shot and two are dead. The latest bloodshed follows the deadliest month in more than four decades—45 homicides in July alone.
Hoping to build on the war room strategy, interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced B-FED, a collaboration between Baltimore’s police department and five federal law enforcement agencies.
“These federal agencies are sending us agents and they’re going to be embedded with the BPD effective tomorrow,” he said.
Time is of the essence, as the casualty count shows no signs of a slowdown.
Overnight, seven people were shot in the 29-hundred block of Garrison Avenue. Officials say at least one of the victims is a Black Guerilla Family gang member.
In a separate shooting a short time later, a man was shot and killed on Payson Street.
“You see it on the news all the time, when but when it’s coming right there, when it’s that close to home, it’s scary,” a resident said.
Community members and leaders say tacking the streak in violence is everyone’s responsibility.
“This is ridiculous. People are just dying for nonsense stuff. The police can’t do it all; the mayor can’t do it all. The community has to come together on one accord,” said one.
A balancing act that’s proving hard to achieve in a city still reeling from unrest.
Special agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF, US Marshals and Secret Service will take part in the B-FED initiative.