The latest shooting deaths in Baltimore City bring the homicide count to 336 in 2019, up from 309 last year.
With eight days and 17 hours left in 2019 (as of 7 am est. Monday) -- more homicides are expected in the region that could breach the record high of 342, achieved in 2017 and 2015.
A mass shooting occurred over the weekend in Baltimore that got very little attention in the national press. Seven people were shot but no deaths. There were also three homicides, with two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
The violent weekend angered Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young in a Sunday afternoon statement to the press that said: "The level of violence late into this weekend is completely unacceptable."
Baltimore Police Col. Richard Worley said the gunmen in the weekend's mass shooting were "brazen" and said it is an example of the overall criminal culture in the city.
"I think it's the same thing that the commissioner [Michael Harrison] has been saying all along. The criminals are just brazen," Worley said. "This guy gets out of a car with a rifle, not even a handgun, walks up the street and just opens fire on a line of people."
Cumulative homicide trends in the city show a massive jump in violence was sparked after the 2015 riots. Homicides from 2014 to 2015 jumped 62% over the year, and ever since, have sustained over 300 homicides per year. 2015 and 2016 were record-breaking years for murders, and 2019 could be another year for new highs.
Homicides in Baltimore are seasonal. Homicides ramp up in spring and peak in summer. Winter usually suppresses the number of killings but not this year. Most of the murders are by handguns.
Baltimore is a dangerous city, and if you have plans to visit the collapsing area for the holidays -- please be advised you're risking your life as the per capita homicide rate is some of the highest in the country.