BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Jack Young spent his first full day as the Mayor of Baltimore keeping tabs on the city from a conference in Detroit.
Young will likely get a formal swearing-in next week, and he said one of his biggest priorities will be reducing violence.
Mayor Young has been praised by City Council members for providing a steady hand for Baltimore in a whirlwind of controversy surrounding former Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“You will notice, if you haven’t already, a change in documentation and all the sometimes trivial things that denote a government,” City Solicitor Andre Davis said.
While Young was at a conference in Detroit, the same challenges persisted in Baltimore, including violent crime.
On Biddle Street in east Baltimore, four people were shot including an 18-year-old woman.
Later on Friday night, five people were shot, including two children and three adults.
“Being that it is experienced every day, the people of the city are just so jaded that it doesn’t even matter,” Karen Fleming-Barrow a Baltimore resident said.
Fleming-Barrow also had a message for the new mayor.
“I think the people are really tired of lip service so to speak,” she said. “Don’t keep saying watch you’re going to do, show us.”
Young spoke about violent crime after a shooting at a cookout in west Baltimore.
“We all have a part to play in this,” Young said. “The stop snitching mentality in Baltimore has got to stop.”
Residents believe that the community and elected officials need to come together to address violent crimes.
“It can’t just be one person attempting to fix a problem,” Fleming-Barrow said. “If you stand back and you look at it and you try to take on the whole job at one time, nothing is going to go.”