- TABLE-David Baldacci's 'The Guilty' tops U.S. best-seller list
- Turkish military says met Russian attaches, explained downing of jet
- Egypt says 2nd round of voting saw 30 percent turnout
- NY declares victory in Alzheimer's drug antitrust lawsuit
- Police: Man threatened students learning to parallel park
- Anti-IS coalition with Russia is wishful thinking, experts warn
- American Airlines stops taking payment in Argentine currency
- Woman with late-stage cancer to get medical marijuana card
- US sanctions Syria-IS oil buyer, World Chess Federation chief
- Biden meets Balkan leaders at summit on refugees, threats
More from Baltimore
- Ravens Claim QB Jimmy Clausen
- Towson Dive Coach Placed On Administrative Leave Amid Peeping Tom Investigation
- Tracy Wolfson: Dallas May Have Carolina’s Number In Thanksgiving Day Matchup
- New Poll Shows Voters Divided When It Comes To Blame For Baltimore Unrest
- Listen Live: Illinois State Vs. Maryland [Live Audio] Cancun Challenge
Reporting Derek Valcourt
Filed underLocal, News, Syndicated Local, Uncategorized, Videos
Related tagsBaltimore, Club Paradise, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Murder, Sandtown-Winchester
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries
Car Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The Go
Notable Deaths Of 2012
All-Time Father-Son Celebrity Duos
25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years
» More Photo Galleries
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A broad daylight shooting on a Baltimore street corner becomes the city’s 200th murder of the year.
Derek Valcourt has details on the crime and what police are doing to stop the violence.
Already more murder in Baltimore than last year and we still have one month to go.
In Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, lifelong residents like Donald Smith have watched violence on the streets get worse.
“Everyday you go out of your house, you got to be aware of your surroundings and whatnot ’cause you never know,” said Smith.
Just blocks from his home Saturday night, a 22-year-old man was gunned down right here outside of Club Paradise at the corner of Laurens and North Carey Street. It’s Baltimore’s 200th murder of the year, leaving another makeshift memorial in a neighborhood that’s already seen plenty.
“This year’s homicide numbers are tragic, simply put tragic,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Rawlings-Blake spoke out after shootings in several neighborhoods earlier this week saw the homicide rate surpass last year.
It has been especially violent along Greenmount Avenue, where in the last week alone a total of six people have been shot. One of them, a 16-year-old boy, was murdered.
All this crime is too much for young guys like Rakeem Rose.
“You gotta watch what you do and be careful because it’s getting real dangerous. People are dying every day over senseless stuff,” said Rose.
Back in Sandtown, Donald Smith knows what he wants from police.
“They need to walk the area more,” said Smith.
New Police Commissioner Anthony Batts agrees. He’s pulling more officers from administrative duties and putting them back on beat, and in some areas, foot patrol.
“That’s not the problem. The problem is economy. It’s jobs, man. We need jobs,” said recently laid-off dad, Luther Thomas.
He thinks the solution to stopping crime involves more than just policing.
“Nobody making no money. Jobs is shutting you down, laying you off. I mean it’s tough out here,” said Thomas.
The victim in Saturday night’s Sandtown shooting has been identified as 22-year-old James Johnson, but so far, police say they have no motives or suspects in his killing.
Last year, Baltimore’s 197 murders were the lowest in the city since 1978.