Baltimore is experiencing its second deadliest year on record, with 319 homicides committed in the city so far in 2017.
The deadliest year on record occurred in 2015 with 344 homicides, reported The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore’s Democratic Mayor Catherine E. Pugh called the violence in 2017 “out of control,” and said she would be increasing the number of police officers to 3,000, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The most recent murder took place in East Baltimore, where an unidentified 21-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday, near Lafayette. The suspect is named Allen Hosea Johnson Jr. and was banned from owning a firearm due to past criminal convictions.
Carjackings have also risen by 32 percent since 2016, and the city is on pace to close out the year with more than 1,000 shootings, The Baltimore Sun reported.
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