BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bloody night in Baltimore, as seven people are shot and one person is killed in gunfire throughout the city.
Homicides are at a record high and non-fatal shootings are in the hundreds.
“Too much killing each other going on, there’s too much hate for one another,” says a Baltimore City resident.
Police say just after 9 p.m. Thursday night, police found two 19-year-old men suffering from gunshot wounds at Pennsylvania Avenue and Pitcher Street. Both men were rushed to the hospital.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate. Police say one of the victims, Malik Michael Perry died from his injuries at the hospital.
A few minutes later, officers were called to the 3400 block of Chesterfield Avenue, near Brehms Lane Public Charter School, where a man and a 16-year old were found with gunshot wounds.
Just before 9:30 p.m., three other people showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police later found that all five people were shot near the 3700 block of Brehms Lane.
The violence comes as the city quickly approaches its 3rd year in a row of more than 300 homicides. Close to 350 murdered in 2015, followed by another 300-plus last year. The city is already at 274 murders in October.
“It seems like people have no respect for the loss of life,” says Dr. Andre Humphrey, from Baltimore.
One of the harder-hit areas is Belair-Edison, near the Brehms Lane Charter School. Our media partner, The Baltimore Sun says a letter was sent home to Brehms Lane parents on Friday, discussing extra precautions that are being taken due to gun violence.
“Kids are scared to go outside or step off the front porch because of all the violence,” says a West Baltimore resident.
Parents have now gone from outraged to exhausted, wondering what it will take for the violence to stop.
Experts that were in Los Angeles and Boston helping police departments with crime there, are now assisting Baltimore over the past few months.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.