Baltimore Expecting 300+ Homicides for 7th Straight Year

City Officials Project More Than 1,000 Shootings in 2021

Baltimore Expecting 300+ Homicides for 7th Straight YearAs Baltimore moves into the second half of the year, city officials say little has changed with respect to the city’s murder rate—projections indicate homicides in the city will top 300 for the seventh consecutive year. As of the end of June, the city had confirmed 166 intentional killings.

City officials expressed optimism two years ago when a multi-tier plan was approved, emphasizing:

  • The reduction of illegal guns on Baltimore streets
  • A concerted effort to arrest and prosecute the city’s most violent offenders
  • Greater enforcement of domestic violence laws

Police officials say that, although crime numbers have remained the same, the number of arrests has declined dramatically—from nearly 7,500 a year ago to just under 5,700—due to a shortage of law enforcement officers.

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