By Amy Kawata

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Police are investigating after six people were shot and one person was killed in West Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. Police said one of the victims was a 16-year-old boy.

Neighbors said it’s upsetting to hear about the continued violence & they said something needs to be done. “Oh it’s sad,” said Anthony Moore, neighbor.

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Officers responded to the 2100 block of West Lexington Street shortly before 2:30 p.m. after receiving a “shot-spotter” alert for gunfire.  On the scene, they found four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Moments later, two additional victims walked into an area hospital seeking treatment for gunshot injuries.

Moore sat outside his house moments after gunfire rang through the streets of West Baltimore.  “I’m only sitting out here just to find out what happened like everybody else is,” said Moore.

Police said the victims include an unidentified man, a 44-year-old man, a 39-year-old man, a 33-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. The unidentified man was taken to Shock Trauma but was pronounced dead shortly after. The 16-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot to the forearm. The other victims are in critical but stable condition at this time.

“It’s shocking, yeah, six people shot at one time,” said Moore.

There have been 152 homicides in Baltimore City so far this year. Three hundred other victims have been shot. That’s up 46 compared to last year.

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This comes as members of the Safe Streets Program marched through the neighborhood calling for a change. “It’s frustrating because we’re out here every day, 24/7 to reduce homicides in the city. So it’s frustrating. It’s upsetting,” said Levar Mullen, Safe Streets Supervisor.

Mayor Brandon Scott praised the crime walks by saying it’s all part of a bigger plan to stop the violence.” Those walks are just one component of the strategy. Like the commish said., ‘we have a 51 percent clearance rate for homicides.’ We’re gonna find these people. We’re gonna hold them accountable,” said Mayor Scott.

With five victims in the hospital, one person dead, and no suspects behind bars, many said it’s time to find a new strategy. “We have a responsibility to the community to try to engage them and let them know there’s other alternatives to conflict,” said Dante Johnson, Safe Streets.

Police said they are still searching through camera footage to try to track down those responsible. Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information is urged to contact 410-396-2100.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCK-UP. You can also submit a tip online. 

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