What’s happening?

Thirteen people were shot, 7 of whom were killed, over the weekend in Baltimore, frustrating residents who’ve been seeking answers from city officials, reports WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. 

“I’m appalled. I’m angry,” said Joyce Smith, president of the Howard Park Civic Association, commenting on the fatal shooting of three men Saturday night at the intersection of Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak avenues. “We have complained about this corner for years, and nothing seems to get done about it. Now, even with a mass shooting, there seems to be very little outcry.”

How are officials responding to the violence? 

Baltimore City Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison attributed the violence to a series of factors. “Once again, the proliferation of guns, their willingness to use them and to carry them illegally. The decision to pull that trigger is not made when it’s pulled. That decision is made when they grab the gun and walk out of their door.”

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott pledged to boost crime prevention initiatives throughout the city. “l have full confidence that BPD will be able to hold these criminals accountable, but this cowardly senseless violence has to stop,” he said. 

Anything else I should know? 

In addition to the shootings, there were also 21 robberies citywide over the weekend, according to Harrison, who said police have made more than 11 arrests and served 30 warrants in connection to the crimes. 

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