BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A violent start to the weekend leaves one person dead, multiple injured in Baltimore.
Police say they have investigated six shootings since Friday afternoon, one of them fatal, marking the 196th homicide in the city since the start of the year.
Faith and city leaders are now pulling together in response to one of the deadliest summers in Baltimore.
Tracey Leong has the latest.
Concerned community members gather to mend a broken city. Mental health professionals, as well as clergy are hoping to find a solution to our city’s spike in murders.
“When trouble comes and you have no one to turn to, people come to the clergy and the church, god never changes, and prayer still works,” said Rev. Dr. Andre Humphrey, Baltimore Trauma Response Team.
Reverend Doctor Andre Humphrey is leading the charge.
“Mentoring the police department and letting them see that if you want us to trust you, and walk with you, then you will all need to be more transparent,” Humphrey said.
The city’s top cop is working to be a part of the answer.
“The community won’t trust the police department, until the police department respects them,” said Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
And our city is not alone. Across the country we’re seeing a surge in bloodshed.
“The embedding of the federal officers, and the war room, they’re looking for ways to combat this spike in crime like we are here,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Faith leaders say now is the time to take control.
“If you want these murders to stop, then the community has to take responsibility for the communities and their neighborhoods,” said Humphrey.
Police are still searching for the suspects in the six shootings since Friday.
Anyone with information should call police.