Editors Note: Maryland has some of the most strict gun control laws in the US. Go figure
The Baltimore Police Department has announced the deaths of three men shot in two separate incidents, pushing the citys homicide count to 278 so far this year ahead of New York in terms of total murders, and Chicago in murders per capita.
Of the last 100 homicides, the majority were shooting deaths. The highest numbers of deaths were for black males in their 20s, 30s and 40s, with 41, 22 and 16 homicides respectively, according to data compiled by the Baltimore Sun. All generations were hit, however from teenagers as young as 15 to the elderly at 97 years old.
Overall homicides were up 16 percent over last year as of October 7, according to the data, and it is on pace for its deadliest year on record, on a per-capita basis and in total homicides. Baltimores current population is just over 621,000.
The citys worst year on record for homicides was 1993, when there were 353 incidents. However, the city that served as the setting for The Wire had about 100,000 more residents at the time.
When compared to other US cities with dense urban populations, Baltimore has more homicides per capita than Chicago. While Chicago recorded 500 homicides by September, according to the Chicago Tribune, it has a population of 9.5 million.
Baltimore also has more total homicides this year than New York City. New York Police Department Comstat data for October showed 101 murders among its 8.5 million population.
In August, community leaders called for a 72-hour ceasefire in the city hoping to stem the tide of homicides between August 11-13. The ceasefire was also known as the Nobody kill anybody weekend.
During that period, police confirmed three men had been shot, two of whom died fr...