BALTIMORE (WJZ) — USA Today has named Baltimore the most dangerous city in the country.

The paper analyzed police crime data in the nation’s 50 biggest cities, which revealed Baltimore had the highest per capita murder rate in the nation with nearly 56 murders per 100,000 people — a record for the city. The rate outpaced New Orleans and Detroit, with a rate of 40 and 39 killings per 100,000 people, respectively.

Baltimore’s 342 murders in 2017 was an increase from 318 in 2016.

Baltimore — the most populated city in Maryland with more than 615,000 residents — had more homicides last year than Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City.

Philadelphia, with 1.5 million people, tallied 317 killings; New York, a city of 8.5 million, had 290 murders; and Los Angeles, with 4 million residents, recorded 286 homicides, according to USA Today.

Baltimore has seen a decline in homicides so far this year. Through Monday, 32 people had been killed, compared to 47 killed at the same time last year.

The latest murder came Monday night when two masked men walked into a barber shop near Patterson Park and shot two people, one of them fatally.

The incident occurred in the 3200 block of Eastern Avenue, where police found a 35-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

“Two suspects on the street right now that we are trying to get a hold of that are responsible for this,” said Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith.

Councilman Kristefer Burnett says the city’s image could affect tourism, and residents could pack up and leave.

“It was definitely heartbreaking,” he said. “We have a lot to offer, but when the narrative is so much violence and that is the reality, there is so much violence, it becomes very difficult to control that.”

But some residents say Baltimore’s new title doesn’t fit.

“I’ve been in Baltimore my whole life and I don’t feel like I am in danger every day,” said Tameka Cottman.

Baltimoreans want the world to look beyond a headline and see its charm.

“It’s a shame when people who don’t come in the city and don’t experience the city, don’t have relationships here want to make comments about it,” said Rachel Cybor.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Police Commissioner Kevin Davis last month and replaced him with department veteran Darryl De Sousa. The city’s police department says it has been more aggressive with stopping criminals, and since December, they’ve arrested more than 300 people for warrant and gun violations. The department says there has also been an increased focus on police visibility.

Baltimore went nearly two weeks without a homicide earlier this month. The 12-day murder-free streak, which began with a ceasefire weekend, was a milestone that hadn’t been seen in years.

The FBI is expected to publish its annual comprehensive crime report later this year.

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Comments (12)
  1. THEIR YOU GO MAYOR, YOU GOT YOURSELF A REAL TROPHY NOW! GUESS YOU WON’T BE BRAGGING NOW ON THE FINE JOB YOU THINK YOU BEEN DOING! YOUR A LEGEND IN YOUR OWN MIND! SAD SO VERY SAD AND DISAPPOINTING…

  2. Joe Yeti says:

    AWESOME! 100 years of democrat/liberal rule has FINALLY really paid off! Well done liberals – WELL DONE! Ahh Charm City where the charm is a spent shell casing.

  3. Maryland is a Gun Free Zone, Oh you can Keep Arms, But Bearing them isn’t allowed unless you own a business, provide Social Services, Or are Politically connected. So how is that working for everyone? If you have a home invader and a weapon you are required by law to attempt to flee instead of standing your ground. The Law Protects the Criminals, In Baltimore the elected officials protected the criminals during the Riots while Criminally Charging it’s Police Officers. Hogan was elected to effect change but Annapolis Bureaucrats keep toting the liberal line protecting themselves while the criminals have no issues obtaining guns or using them, the citizens (and those that work or travel through the state) are left defenseless.

  4. Predictable results from O’Malley’s gun grab. Nice job democrats

    1. Tickedoff Person says:

      O’Malley used this logic on his gun grab. You have drunk drivers killing sober drivers. The solution was simple. You do away with sober drivers. There…that’s O’Malley’s gun control. Makes sense to every Democrat and criminal walking the streets throughout the state.

  5. Wayne Cuffley says:

    and Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh is wasting Maryland Taxpayer’s money attacking the President over the border wall. Perhaps he should focus on MARYLAND and not a political agenda.

  6. Katy Burton says:

    It is obvious that “common sense” gun control makes absolutely NO sense!.
    Why would democrat controlled cities continue to vote in the same useless party and leaders? How well monitored are the polls? My guess is that these cities are where voter fraud began and has been perfected.
    Mosby’s #1 priority seems to be find a cop to prosecute. The real criminals just take a stroll through the revolving door of the justice system.
    The Mayor goes through police commissioners in short order, shopping for one that will be completely under her control. Why? If law enforcement were allowed to do their jobs, the crime rate would plummet. Is she protecting corrupt city leadership?

  7. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! The liberals running this state and city are the ones that NEED to be held accountable for the DEMISE of this once great thriving city and state NOW turned into haven for ILLEGAL aliens and overrun with violent armed gangs of HOODRATS!! Are these the people you REALLY who want running this state and city?? The lack of leadership SPEAKS for itself!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! You have them DISARMING our school police and allowing armed HOODRATS to be the ones ARMED!! DOES THAT MAKE SENSE??? If they can’t do the job VOTE THEM OUT!!! OH and BTW as if that’s not bad enough this city is overwhelmed with drugs addiction and drug wars, then you have a CITY STATES ATTORNEY that wants to turn a BLIND EYE to laws already on the books and NOT prosecute OR enforce them and not willing to keep DRUGS of any kind off our streets SHE needs to be voted out also if she is not willing or capable of doing her job!! WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING WAKE UP!!!

  8. Chris Meyerson says:

    Got a Neat Idea Give the people the Right to Carry ARMS because a Armed Society is a Polite ONE… Funny how cops carry off duty why the y need gun just as much as we do and for the most part Why do we have guns in Banks and Jewelry stores but not in school or allow people to protect their family’s

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