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50 shot, 15 killed in deadly Baltimore week

Police car lights. (Alexandru Cuznetov/Dreamstime/TNS)
September 16, 2020

Since last Sunday, 50 people were shot in the city of Baltimore, Md., CBS 13 Baltimore reported Monday.

Among those shot in Baltimore over the last week, 15 victims died from their gunshot wounds.

In a ten-day period including the deadly week of shootings, there were 19 total homicides and 43 other shootings that did not result in fatalities, according to the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police.

The Baltimore City FOP tweeted on Monday, “In the last 10 days there have been 19 homicides & 43 failed murders (shootings) in Baltimore. Also there have been many stabbings/cuttings. There is no discernible crime plan for the daily violence and the BPD is making no progress in filling the 500 vacancies.”

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A 14-year-old was the youngest fatal victim reported by CBS 13, following a week of deadly shootings in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

The 14-year-old fatal shooting victim, who has not been named, was shot and killed on Friday night in Baltimore’s Coldstream-Homestead Montebello community. The teenager was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police reportedly found a gun in the victim’s possession.

Mark Washington, the executive director of the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello Community Corp., in a letter to police asking for help in his community following the death of the 14-year-old.

“Any loss of life is tragic, but the loss of a child to the violence of the streets of Baltimore is a call to our community to try and redouble and triple our efforts to do more,” Washington wrote.

Washington’s letter continued, stating, “The fact that it happens far too often in Baltimore City suggests that we as a community, as a city, are not doing enough.”

The last three shooting victims of the violent Baltimore week were found between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Among the week’s victims was 39-year-old Melvin Thompson, who was found with gunshot wounds to his body after police were called to Federal Hill Park in the 300 block of Warren Avenue at around 11:03 p.m. on Sunday night. Thompson was taken to a hospital where he later died.

About an hour later, at around 12:14 a.m. on Monday, 52-year-old victim Vincent McCoy was found in his car in the 2300 block of Homewood Avenue. He had reportedly been involved in a car crash but was also identified as a shooting victim. He died from his injuries after being taken to a hospital.

At 3:35 a.m., officers were called to the 2000 block of Griffis Avenue for a report of another shooting. There, the officers found an 18-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his body. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

One 27-year-old man police responded to in the 1000 block of Beaumont Avenue died from his wounds two days after he was shot.

On Saturday evening, police responded to a shooting incident to find two women, aged 46 and 23, suffering from gunshot wounds. A suspect, identified as 24-year-old Dandre Woods-Bethel, surrendered to police moments after they arrived. The two women died of their wounds and Bethel faces murder, assault and weapons charges.

Others injured during the week included a 26-year-old who was shot in his back, an 18-year-old shot in his stomach and a 25-year-old man shot in his leg.