BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and heed orders to stay home after multiple people were shot Tuesday night amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence. Seven people were shot Tuesday night in the Madison Park neighborhood, as Baltimore reported its fifth positive coronavirus case Wednesday.

“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently,” Young said. “We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”

“For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it,” Young implored. “We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”

He urged people to put down their guns because “we cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus. And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives. So take that into consideration.”

Commissioner Michael Harrison said the city has seen an uptick in violent crimes since Friday, including a mass shooting Tuesday night — where seven people were shot. Five people were transported to area hospitals via medics and two took private cars to the hospitals for treatment. All seven are in serious but stable condition.

Harrison said they are looking for a Silver Honda that was seen in the area.

A city officer who was on patrol in that microzone did engage with a person who’s believed to be a suspect in the shooting as the man was fleeing the scene.

The officer was not armed with the level of “deadly firepower” that the suspect had. The officer did fire his weapon, but Harrison said police don’t know if the officer struck the suspect.

The officer sustained some minor injuries in the incident and was treated.

The police department is increasing staffing in the areas where crime has increased.

“This incident remains open and under investigation,” Harrison said.

Police ask anyone with information in the case to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-Lockup or call the city homicide unit at 410-316-2100.

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Comments (67)
  1. SimonP says:

    Yep Baltimorons, shoot to kill, not injure. We need those beds

    1. Kilr says:

      I was thinking that more range time would improve the kill rate

  2. AJ says:

    So any word on when it will be safe enough to start shooting people again?

  3. Goy says:

    mother, grandmother, no father?

  4. Lloyd says:

    “GUN FREE ZONE” – Good enough for our kids, good enough for everyone!

  5. jbrickley says:

    What the heck does this mean? “The officer was not armed with the level of “deadly firepower” that the suspect had” ??? You’d better outfit the officers with some better sidearms and two AR-15’s in every vehicle this is just the beginning of real chaos.

  6. expat47 says:

    Please shoot responsibly. Remember, center mass is your friend.

  7. McGlynn says:

    I still insist, the residents of Baltimore remain inside and read “Healthy Holly” books.

  8. WDS says:

    How about don’t shoot each other because it’s…. Illegal.

  9. JerryDV says:

    So, It’s safe to go to Baltimore now because it’s a gun free zone?? That’s the kind of leadership Baltimore criminals will certainly follow. Hooray!

  10. Gryphon says:

    No wonder Baltimore has had problems. With this mentality nothing will change! The epitome of a democratic run city. This is the sum result. Absolute stupidity!

  11. Al says:

    Hearing Gov. Larry Hogan on my car radio announcing his executive order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, and theaters sounded like the script of a 1950s horror movie. “We will stop the spread of this deadly disease!” dramatically proclaimed Hogan. Litle more than 100 have died in the U.S. and under 9,000 worldwide. According to the CDC, during the 2018-2019 flu season, an estimated 16.5 million people got sick and 34,000 died in the U.S.

  12. Bill Smiths says:

    Nothing will change until you get that buffoon Mosby out of office, she excuses black deviant behavior. I can’t wait until the day the feds send her to jail along with her husband. If you want to stop the violence let the police do their jobs when will the buffoons realize words don’t work, you beg, plead,cry, these animals don’t care, they laugh at these foolish politicians.

  13. CityLiz says:

    You’re not going to tolerate this? You have tolerated it for years which is why this city is where it is today. Give me a break. I feel bad for the hard-working, honest people who don’t have the means to leave.

  14. Art Zacher says:

    Don’t worry. We will only shoot people that already have the corona virus.

  15. Sonson, Samuel says:


  16. Jason Prather says:

    Smells like racism and bigotry to me! Who is the mayor to ask em to ‘stop shooting’ so they can use beds! racist bigot!

  17. Tom says:

    Baltimore one of several chit hole cities Trump was talking about. Baltimore is just more proof that we should have picked our own cotton!

  18. Lytch Zam says:

    Stop or you’re really going to get a talkin’ to.

  19. Hagen von Eitzen says:

    How could the Mayor’s statement pass NRA censorship?

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