BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Residents of Howard Park in Northwest Baltimore called for an end to the shootings during an emergency meeting with the Baltimore mayor and police commissioner after a difficult week.
Last week, a 70-year-old woman was found shot dead behind her home on Queensberry Avenue near Pimlico. On Saturday night, a mass shooting at an intersection in Gwynn Oak killed three men and wounded a 73-year-old man.
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On Wednesday, a man died after he was found shot in his car at the scene of the crash.
Residents could hear their frustration as they spoke to Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
Residents say this violence has been going on here for decades and it must stop.
Donna Rouse from the Howard Park Civic Association said: “We had to dodge bullets because the police department was absent. “There is no security patrol in this neighborhood and I am speaking directly to the commissioner.
Christopher Ervin, president of the Howard Park Citizens’ Association, was there when gunfire rang out Saturday night at the intersection of Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak Avenue.
“I was going to the parking lot when people started running in all directions,” he said.
Mayor Scott said he understands the anger.
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“Four people were shot, three people were killed, people are expected to be disappointed,” he said.
But it wasn’t the only shooting, and the neighborhood was fed up – including eight Calvin Rodwell Elementary school seniors.
“I can’t concentrate these days out of concern for my safety,” said 8th grader De’Keyia, who has lost most of her hearing to cancer and fears she won’t hear the next shot. .
“When I walk home, I don’t always feel safe,” said Zyair, her classmate.
Harrison vowed to do more to protect the community.
“We’ve all had it,” Harrison said. “Start with me.”
And Mayor Scott promised the city would communicate better.
It seems there is more crime than the city police can handle.
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Commissioner Harrison said the force was seriously understaffed and had more retired officers than they could afford. He noted that 25 officers graduated last week and 20 officers started class this week.
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