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. John says:

    Spark’em up, B’more! Kill’em ALL. If it’s moving, SHOOT IT! Datz da curoneuhbiruss comin’ ta get you! Hit’em hard…click, clack, BANG! Dis be B’more, y’all, don’t play! Shoot dem befoe dey getz you! Don’t stop ’till dey all be DAID!

    1. Oveida Sinclair says:

      /Viggas is gona do what /Viggas are gonna do’es, just keep the ammunition coming in, the brothers will do the rest

  2. Ken Sandler says:

    But…But everyone was angry when Trump said Bmore was a terrible city…

  3. Ricardo Phynque says:

    Thank Goodness Baltimore finally has a deep thinker for Mayor……overcrowding of Hospitals will stop if Guns are confiscated……meanwhile the Beervirus continues full speed………

    1. David Vazquez says:

      Confiscated from whom, exactly? How are police going to “confiscate” firearms from criminals who by law already can’t possess them and who don’t want the police to know they own them?!

  4. chris says:

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. These neanderthals don’t or will not change their behavior for anything.

  5. Hugo Hackenbush says:

    Hey mayor do you remember criticizing Trump for saying basically the same thing about your city months ago. Now here you are agreeing with Trump that your city is a violent hell hole. You want blacks to stop shooting each other so you can have beds for old white voters.

    1. C O Jones says:

      There are old white folks in Baltimore???

      1. David Vazquez says:

        Or white folks at all…?

  6. muneshadowe says:

    You did nothing and now you want action?

  7. Peter York says:

    Baltimore. the Tijuana of the East.

    all inner city hell holes are democrat products. they pay teens for every baby – future democrat voter – they plop out, so long as there’s no father in the home.

    without the discipline from dad, and with myriad siblings running and screaming and fighting and laughing, junior never hears adult talk, does not know what an intelligent conversation is. he is not afraid of mom by age 11 and grows into a barbaric man-child.

    thanks, democrats. you have stood on the throats of black Americans since 1830, when the modern democrat Party was consolidated upon one principle: no-one will ever MENTION slavery. in the Senate, in the House. slavery will continue – thus spake democrats.

  8. Carl Witt says:

    If _FIVE_ cases of Chinese Wuhan Virus are overloading Baltimore hospitals then Baltimore has more serious problems than gang bangers offing each other.

  9. I’m sorry you have a mayor that stupid.

  10. ezfindit says:

    Pretty please… Please respect the “gun free” zones… Please be kind to others… Please dear criminals think of your fellow man…

    If this doesn’t wake you up to the insanity, stupidity, and dangerous nature of liberalism/progressivism, nothing will.

  11. Buz chertok says:

    I’m certain that the fine upstanding rootin-shootiin citizenry will comply IF he swears on his kid’s eyes that they can go back to the mattresses as soon as the virus crisis abates.

  12. John Oakman says:

    OOOOOOOOOH the beauty of DimoRat control,but all the TV commercials show such thoughtful folks.

  13. Robert Brooks says:

    A sad commentary on the state of that city…They know where the criminals are, They could fix it in a week…But; The corruption goes to the highest levels..

  14. Scott says:

    Baltimorons gonna baltimoron.

  15. BUBBA says:

    What a shi#hole!

  16. The Usual Suspect. says:

    As soon as this virus hit I said there would be a crime outbreak, and.. a baby boom, bars, restaurants closed, sports cancelled, and many home from work, gotta do sumthing?

  17. Lex says:

    He needs to be more specific in his demands. Don’t tell us when to start raping and pillaging again, be specific. When is the best time to rob a liquor store? If you’re shooting someone, which gun do you use, a tec-9 or a hand gun? You also have to consider the diversity issue, the bloods or the Cryps. It’s like he’s not using his head or something.

  18. jabusse says:

    Already there have been zero. What a f-ing pos the mayor is.

  19. Morey Ladini says:

    Bed space…or jail space? Philadelphia is already ending arrests and detention to spare the lives of the jailbirds…the cops there are issuing warrants to the perps for future arrest….I’m sure they’ll stick around for that or even turn themsleve in due to guilty conscience.

  20. Henry says:

    Where did you guys find this mayor, South Park Elementary?

    When this fails miserably, why not try, “If you don’t shoot anybody during the month of April, we’ll give you a free Playstation”?

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