Mass Shooting Pushes Conversation On Violence Prevention

What’s happening?

Four men and a 16-year-old boy were victims of a mass shooting at North Montford Avenue and East Preston Street in East Baltimore on Sunday. In response, city leaders including Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott spoke out against the city’s escalating violence this year.

What did they have to say? 

Scott refuted the notion that more police presence will solve the problem, saying that shootings have happened blocks away from—and even in front of—police. “This is about making sure we hold people accountable, which we are going to continue to do, taking guns off the streets, gun traffickers—people who are committing these murders and robberies. But we also have to build better people. That means all of us have to invest more one in these young folks—create jobs and opportunities,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. 

Hogan aimed at Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, saying if she “doesn’t prosecute the criminals, there’s not a whole lot the state can do.” 

Scott and Hogan are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the city’s increase in crime. 

Anything else I should know? 

All of the victims are expected to survive their injuries, and police are still searching for suspects. 

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