The city of Baltimore, Maryland suffered a rather violent weekend. At least 12 individuals were wounded by gunfire — five of them fatally — in less than 24 hours on Saturday, according to a report on the shootings by local CBS affiliate WJZ.
The first fatality occurred around 2:30 a.m. in East Baltimore, according to reports. The fifth and final fatal shooting of the day transpired just prior to 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
Five fatal shootings within 20 hours
According to The Baltimore Sun, the first victim was one of three women who were shot in a vehicle after leaving a “social club” following an argument with other patrons.
Roughly 12 hours after the early morning shooting, police responded to another shooting in East Baltimore around 2:30 p.m., where they found a victim who later died of his wounds. A “person of interest” in the incident was identified via witness statements and surveillance cameras and is now wanted for questioning.
The third fatal shooting of the day took place around 8 p.m. and was discovered when police arrived at a wrecked and shot-up vehicle in Northeast Baltimore to find a 37-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to the Sun, the man later died from those injuries after being transported to a nearby hospital.
Mere moments after that incident, two men suffering from gunshot wounds walked into a hospital in West Baltimore, one of whom later died. The men claimed to have been standing in front of a grocery store when gunfire erupted from an unknown assailant in an alleyway.
The fifth and final fatality caused by gunfire happened around 10 p.m. Saturday night when police responded to a shooting in Northwest Baltimore. They found a 24-year-old man who had been shot in the head and was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sun.
“It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was deeply disturbing and deeply troubling,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters at a news conference Sunday.
Gun control laws don’t work
Unfortunately, as revealed by the Sun’s descriptions of the various incidents, there are no suspects or known motives in many of the weekend’s shootings, and it is quite possible that some of these murders will go unsolved.
Ironically, Breitbart reported that all of this gun violence occurred in a city that is well-known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country — none of which seemed to make a difference on Saturday.
Indeed, in Maryland and Baltimore, there is an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a fingerprint and registration requirement for handgun purchases, and even a “red flag” law that allows for the confiscation of firearms from individuals believed to pose a threat to themselves or others. Still, Baltimore set a record for gun homicides in 2019.
Looks like the laws don’t apply to the bad guys.