Yesterday the Belair Edison Safe Streets office sent out a celebratory press release proclaiming they had no gun homicides in 2021. WBAL Took the bait and sent Barry Simms out to the neighborhood to take some pictures, record some quotes, and do absolutely no fact checking, followup questioning or background reporting. If Simms had done his homework he would have been able to report that Safe Streets’ claims are specious at best and total bullshit in all honesty.
The central claim in their press release depends on the public suspending disbelief on a number of factors. They claim success because there were no “gun” homicides in their area for 2021. But they are charged with preventing violence. It does not matter to anyone, least of all to a victim whether they were killed by a bullet or beaten to death, as a five year old girl was in Belair Edison on November 17. The claim also completely discounts the shooting death of Phillip Hamilton, who was fatally shot in the 3500 block of Cliftmont Ave on September 16. We were told by a Safe Streets staffer today that his death does not count because it happened on the odd numbered side of the street.
To expect that you can claim credit for what happens on one side of a small residential street and escape responsibility for what happens 50 feet away on the other side is the height of absurdity and should not be acceptable to the people and the political leadership in Baltimore.
Additionally, a woman was shot to death in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace, mere feet outside the Safe Streets zone, and a 16 year old boy was shot in the head and killed on Moravia Road one block outside Safe Streets. When a violence interruptor can literally stand in their area, watch a person be shot to death, and shrug their shoulders because it happened across the street that violence interruptor is doing a shitty job, period.
We’ve been studying the map of Safe Streets zones for a while now. The zones themselves are small and they seem to be highly arbitrary, seldom aligning with “natural” boundaries such as water or railroad tracks. They are also static and do not change or expand from year to year. If you truly believe that your program works and that you are preventing violence, why wouldn’t you you want to expand that work to an adjacent block, especially when the block sees several shootings a year? Because you want to claim the lowest possible statistics, of course.
Safe Streets is not new in Baltimore. 2022 Marks the 15th year the program has been on the streets. Yet it remains poorly understood by the general public, city government, and academic researchers. Part of that poor understanding is owed to positive PR seeking and media stories like the one mentioned above. The people who work at Safe Streets sites draw full time salaries funded by the city and by a consortium of Baltimore’s nonprofit industrial complex, so their continued financial interest depends on the public not seeing them fail. Supposed progressive elected officials’ political bona fides are very much bound up with at least paying lip service to non-police solutions to violence, so their continued success depends upon the public not seeing Safe Streets failing. Ordinary residents all over the city have been extremely demoralized by violence and need to cling to whatever they can to remain hopeful, so their continued mental health depends on not seeing Safe Streets failing. When Safe Streets has been studied in the past, those studies have been commissioned by Safe Streets or the Mayor’s Office, so researchers’ possible future grant funding depends on presenting a report that doesn’t see Safe Streets fail.
Studying a program of this nature is difficult. But merely comparing shooting data in an area to previous shooting data in the same area is not adequate. At the very least, these areas should also be compared to similar areas nearby. Even the research pointed to by the mayor’s office online uses similar methods and fails to draw any real conclusions. There are opportunities to do real world analyses such as comparing Brooklyn Safe Streets to the rest of Brooklyn, comparing Pimlico to the area directly East of Pimlico, Park Heights to Forest Park, Sandtown to Shipley Hill/Booth-Boyd/Carrollton Ridge/Union Square, Upton to lower Pennsylvania ave corridor, or Govans to the area immediately south. While our own observations are casual, we do not see how anyone can make a convincing argument that Safe Streets zones performed better than these nearby areas in 2021. Studies may also fail to account for or properly weight external factors such as changes in police tactics, changes in the physical landscape, or changes in political environment. Past studies which have shown Safe Streets to be effective have been in concert with citywide reductions in violence between 2007 and 2011. Our overall suspicion is that violence in Safe Streets zones ebbs and flows with city trends, and that the violence interruptors do not have a measurable effect either way.
With Baltimore recently in receipt of hundreds of millions in federal relief funds, Brandon Scott has already pledged $50 million to violence prevention and similar programs. Safe Streets will have to write grants for its share of that money, which is still undetermined but could easily be in the range of $15 million or more. With so much public money flowing to the organization it behooves the mayor’s office to stop relying on wishful thinking and take a hard look at how effective or ineffective it really is.
No discussion of Safe Streets in 2021 should ever fail to mention that two active Safe Streets workers were murdered this year. Information about the facts of those cases has been incredibly scant and neither the police, the mayor’s office, Safe Streets or the media has any interest in publicizing the details of those cases or keeping them in the news any longer than necessary. In the case of Kenyell Wilson there’s still no public record of where he was shot six months later. (We believe the most likely location was the carryout at 600 Cherry Hill Rd, which was the site of 3 other shootings in 2021.)
Such shootings, where police are called to a hospital and find an uncooperative or unconscious victim are common in Baltimore. We didn’t add up shootings in which no location was determined for 2021 but would estimate that police reported at least 35 such incidents, which may or may not take place in Safe Streets areas. But for most shootings police release the block where the violence occurred. We decided to cross reference that data with the map of Safe Streets zones to see what their actual performance was in 2021.
For our analysis here, the Safe Streets zones include both sides of the street on the border of the zone. It is impossible to know the exact location where the shooter and victim stood in each incident, and as we said before it’s absurd to think it matters at all. We also tracked incidents of violence within one block of a Safe Streets zone to be counted separately. There were of course several more shootings which occurred a block and a half away or two blocks away or one diagonal block away, and those were not counted.
The incidents below are from WMAR’s monthly shooting & murder trackers, which are built on BPD media releases. Incidents with an asterisk are the ones taking place one block outside a Safe Streets zone.
Notes on methodology: WMAR’s Trackers are updated when a victim dies of their injuries long after being shot, so anyone left in critical condition is assumed to be still alive. Any case in which it’s noted that homicide detectives were notified is assumed to be a victim who did die. A single incident in which two or more people are shot is multiple shootings. A shooting in which no one is injured is a “discharging” and no such incidents appear on this list. There is a dearth of information about dischargings in Baltimore and if anyone in city government or BPD were serious about public safety transparency those numbers would be readily available and the prosecution of those cases would be newsworthy.
The West Baltimore zone saw 12 homicides and 5 nonfatal shootings in its borders.
Additionally there were 3 homicides and 3 nonfatal shootings in the one block radius surrounding it.
1/11 – 8:06 p.m. Man shot in the 2000 block of West Lexington Street. On June 15, police arrested and charged 23 year-old Kerron Moore of the 1500 block of Tunlaw Road.
*3/14 – 6:20 p.m. A 40 year-old man was shot in the leg in the 1500 block of W. Fayette Street.
*4/17 – 4:00 a.m., Antoine Oglesby, 43, was fatally shot in the 300 block of North Stricker Street.
4/18 – 3:54 pm: A woman and two men were shot between the 1800 and 1900 blocks of W. Fayette Street. Homicide detectives took over the case due to the severity of the victims injuries.
4/27 – 9:35 p.m., Wayne Williams, 21, was shot in the 100 block of North Payson Street. He died the next day.
5/17 – Emmanuel Holley, 18, died after being shot in the 1900 block of West Fayette Street on April 18, 2021.
5/31 – 7:33 p.m., Officers responded to a rooming house in the 1900 block of W. Fayette Street for an aggravated assault and found 33-year-old Jameo McClean who had been shot in the head. Medics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.
6/2 – 1:33pm: 30-year-old Stephon Boyer was shot in the chest in the 300 block of North Fulton Avenue. He later died from his injuries.
6/7 – 10:31 p.m., a man was found shot in the leg in the 1800 block of W. Fayette Street. Officers say evidence indicated that the shooting occurred in the area 1900 block of Vine Street. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
6/17 – 10:59pm: A 22-year-old victim took himself to the hospital after being shot in the head while driving in the 1700 block of Franklin Street. He’s expected to survive.
*6/18 – 3:20 p.m., Officers found a 25-year-old man in the 300 block of North Pulaski Street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
*7/23 – 6:00 p.m., Deontae Brown, 24, was shot multiple times in the upper body in the 1500 block of Lexington Street. He was transported to an area hospital and was in critical condition. Brown later died of his injuries.
*8/15- 7:34 p.m., a police officer patrolling the area heard gunfire and located 20 year-old Mickel Holman suffering from gunshot wounds in the 2000 block of West Baltimore Street. Medical personnel from Grace Medical Center came out of the facility to render aid. Also, a 42 year-old woman was also found injured, struck in the arm by a projectile. Holman was later pronounced dead by hospital personnel.
9/12 – 12:14am: A 19-year old man was shot in the torso in the 1400 block of Fulton Avenue.
10/15 – 11:55 p.m., Allen Parker, 36, was shot in the upper torso in the 1600 block of Saratoga Street. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
10/18 – 1:03 a.m., Two 22-year-old men were shot in the Unit block of North Fulton Avenue.
10/21 – 6:13 p.m., Ronald Morgan Jr., 45, was shot and killed in 1900 block of Penrose Avenue.
10/23 – 12:46 p.m., Garell Talley, 33, was fatally shot in the area of N. Gilmor and W. Saratoga Street.
11/18 – 7:04 p.m., A 13-year-old girl was killed in a shooting Thursday evening in West Baltimore.
Pimlico Safe Streets saw 8 fatal shootings and 17 nonfatal shootings in 2021. Additionally the one-block periphery saw 7 fatal and 5 nonfatal shootings.
1/13 – 5:03 p.m., A 32-year-old man was shot in the abdomen in the 3100 block of Oakfield Avenue.
2/2 – 4:47 p.m. Terrell Billie, 25, was killed in the 5200 block of Park Heights Avenue. Police later arrested and charged Ricky Robinson, 30.
2/17 – 2:57 p.m., Two men were shot in the 5200 block of Fairlawn Avenue. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and are expected to survive their injuries. The victims stated they were standing outside of the auto shops when they heard gunshots and were struck.
*2/18 -12:17 p.m., Justin Bucalo, 40, was fatally shot in the 5100 block of Queensberry Avenue. Police have since arrested and charged Jaqwaun Owens, 25.
2/28 – 4:37 a.m., Three men were shot inside Island Pride Carry-Out in Baltimore during an afterparty.
3/6 – 11:25 p.m., A 37-year-old woman suffered a graze wound in the 4100 block of Belvedere Avenue. The victim’s injuries are non-life threatening.
*3/19 – 2:45 pm: Kendall Norman was found shot in the 5200 block of Cordilia Avenue. He later died at an area hospital. Homicide detectives are working to identify suspects, witnesses, and a possible motive.
4/8 – 1:09 p.m., Darrell Richardson, 28, was fatally shot in the 3700 block of West Belvedere Avenue.
4/22 – 4:25 a.m., A 24-year-old man was shot in the 4900 block of Cordelia Avenue.
*5/8 – 11:41 a.m., Officers located 41-year-old George Hawkins inside a vehicle, fatally shot in the head, in the 5200 block of Cuthbert Avenue.
*5/19 – 12:49 a.m., Harrison Morten, 28, was found dead in an alley in the 3000 block of Spaulding Avenue. They’d been shot multiple times.
5/30 – 9:09 p.m., Three men were fatally shot in the 3500 block of Spaulding Avenue. The first was victim was shot in the torso and died at a hospital.The second and third victim were each shot in the head and died on scene. The victims were identified as Julius Dunbar, Isaiah Willis and Torron Jackson.
*6/4- 9:14 p.m., Michael Burley, 32, was shot in the 5200 block of St. Charles Avenue. He later died at Sinai Hospital.
*7/4 – 9:24 p.m., A 32 year-old man was shot while trying to escape a robbery in the 5200 block of Cuthbert Avenue. The victim crashed and ran to the 3800 block of Belvedere Avenue where he called police.
8/11 – 8:30 P.M., William Smith, 38, was shot and killed in the 3500 block of West Belvedere Avenue.
8/15 – 9:38 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of West Belvedere Avenue to investigate a reported shooting. Responding officers located Rashad Marshall, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. Marshall was transported to Sinai Hospital by ambulance and pronounced dead by medical personnel shortly after arrival.
8/19 – 12:16 p.m., A 45-year-old man was shot in the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road.
*8/21 – 6:27 p.m., A 41-year-old man was shot in the 5000 block of Palmer Avenue.
*8/25 – 2:54am: 31-year-old Adam Roy Seward has died after being shot multiple times in the 5200 block of Fairlawn Avenue.
9/21 – 11:32am: Tyquan Wilson, 27, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the back of the head in the 5100 block of Wabash Avenue.
9/29 – 12:12 p.m., A 41-year-old man walked into a clinic in the 2400 block of Cylburn Avenue, after being shot in the 5200 block of Saint Charles Street . He’s listed in critical condition. Police have charged 58 year-old Robert Bullock.
10/5 – 6:49 P.M., A 61-year-old man was shot in the 3500 block of Manchester Avenue.
10/21 – 3:11 a.m., A 25-year-old man and woman were shot in the 5100 block of Linden Heights.
11/1 – 1:54 a.m.: A 23-year-old man was shot in the arm at a gas station on the corner of Reisterstown Road and Belvedere Avenue.
11/11 – 3:04 p.m., A 21-year-old man was shot in the 500 block of Beaufort Avenue. [Address typo also printed in the Sun. Should be 5000 Beaufort. Likely originated with BPD release]
*11/11 – 5:55 p.m., Two shooting victims, a 24-year-old woman and 53-year-old man, checked into a hospital after being wounded in a potential road rage incident in the 5100 block of Queensberry Avenue.
11/11 8:59 p.m., A 29-year-old man was shot in the hip in the 3600 block of Manchester Avenue.
11/13- 8:11 a.m., A citizen dropped a 59-year-old man off at the hospital after he was shot in the 3700 block of West Belvedere Avenue. Injuries are non-life threatening.
*11/27 – 10:34 p.m., Fanon Williams-El, 35, was fatally shot in the back in the 5200 block of Elmer Avenue.
*12/15 – 8:50 p.m., A 53-year-old man was shot in the wrist while driving in the 5200 block of Cuthbert Avenue.
The Park Heights Safe Streets zone had 4 homicides and 7 nonfatal shootings in 2021. The one-block area in any direction also saw 2 homicides and 3 nonfatal shootings.
*1/26 – 8:32 p.m., Officers found a 44-year-old Raynard Booker shot multiple times in the 2800 block of Wylie Avenue. Booker was transported to Sinai Hospital. On July 26, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital personnel. On Tuesday, the Medical Examinier ruled Booker’s death a homicide, as a result of gunshot wound complications.
2/18 – 12:48 am: A 49-year-old woman was shot during a dispute with a family member, in the 2500 block of Boarman Avenue. Police later arrested 23 year-old Carnell Spencer.
3/9- 2:38 p.m., A man was killed in a shooting in the 4400 block of Park Heights Avenue.
*4/10 – 12:25 a.m., Tony McLean, 49, was shot and killed in the 3800 block of Wabash Avenue.
5/12 – 8:52 p.m., A 43-year-old man walked into a hospital with apparent gunshot wounds. Police believe he was shot at Park Heights and Shirley Avenue.
5/31 – 4:38 p.m., Officers responded to a home in the 4200 block of Park Heights Avenue for a suspicious death. Upon arrival, officers found 62 year-old Kenneth McCoy dead. His remains were in a decomposed state. Officers observed the man to have trauma to his head; therefore, this is being investigated as a homicide.
*6/5 – 6:01 p.m., a 51-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue. He was taken to a hospital and is in serious condition. Police say there were men fighting in the block when the victim was shot.
8/21 – 1:26 a.m., Two people were shot in the 4300 block of Reisterstown Road . One victim, a 31-year-old man, was dropped off at a Firehouse, while the second victim, a 33-year-old man, showed up at a nearby hospital. Both are in stable condition.
9/12 – 8:22pm: An unidentified man was found shot in the 3900 block of Cottage Avenue. Homicide detectives have taken over the case due to severity of injuries.
9/14 – 5:26 p.m., A woman was shot in the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue. A second person, a 33-year-old man was found in the 2700 block of Park Heights Avenue. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
*10/14 – 1:45pm: A man walked into a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Detectives believe he was wounded in the 2800 block of Quantico Avenue.
11/5 – 11:08am: A 17-year-old said he was shot in the leg after struggling with an armed man who allegedly approached him on [3600 Block] Park Heights Avenue. Police have arrested and charged 21 year-old Michael McDowell. [additional info: https://baltimorewitness.org/attempted-homicide-suspect-arrested/]
*11/28 – 10:08 a.m., A 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and arm in the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.
12/2 – 9:50 p.m.: Williams Adams, 33, was fatally shot in the 3600 block of Reistertown Road.
The Penn North Safe Streets had two fatal shootings in 2021 and 11 nonfatal shootings. There was also one fatal shooting one block away (Note that this area abuts the Upton zone, which is of course counted separately.)
*1/18- 6:30 p.m., Devonta Williams, 28, was fatally wounded in the 1300 block of West North Avenue.
4/4 – 4:24 p.m., A man died after being shot multiple times at the corner of Cumberland Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
6/19- 10:25pm: A 44 year-old male, 27 year-old male and a 25 year- old female were found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 1700 block of North Calhoun Street.
7/16 – 1:46am: A 39-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the 1700 block of Westwood Avenue. He’s expected to survive.
8/7 – 11:34pm: Officers were on foot and heard gunshots in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue at Cumberland. They later found a 15 year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound.
8/30 – 1:12 a.m., Officers were called to the 1600 block of West North Avenue for gunfire. They arrived to find evidence of gunfire and searched the area for potential witnesses, victims and suspects. Moments later, they received information that the victim was a short distance away and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Detectives learned the 45 year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
11/25 – 10:50pm: A 35-year-old man was shot in the stomach around Presbury and Calhoun Streets. He’s in stable condition.
12/17 – 7:49pm: Five people were shot in the 1300 block of W. North Avenue. One victim, a 36 year-old man, died while the four others suffered non-life threatening injuries. [Penn North SS extends to part of this block then crosses North Ave to follow Division Street. Judging by the number of victims it is assumed the scene is large and is inside Penn North SS.]
Upton had 7 homicides in its Safe Streets zone. There were also 3 nonfatal shootings. The adjacent blocks saw 1 homicide and 6 nonfatal shootings. See note at 600 Laurens Street multiple shooting. That block is an awkwardly shaped corner which looks like it was cut out of the zone on purpose.
1/1 – 4:15 a.m., Tiffany Wilson, 33, was stabbed to death in the 1200 block of North Stricker Street. 26 year-old Lakeyria Doughty was taken into custody on scene. The incident is believed to be domestic related.
*1/20 – 2:58 p.m., A 30-year-old man was shot in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Medical personnel were called and took the victim to an area hospital.
3/16 – 10:16 am: A shot spotter alert led officers to a 36-year-old man who had been fatally wounded in the area of N. Mount and Presstman Streets. The victim has been identified as Durrell Wilson.
3/17 – 1:49 a.m., 33-year-old Matthew Blevins was found dead in a vacant house in the 1400 block of Laurens Street. Results of an autopsy revealed Blevins had been killed by means of blunt force trauma, and ruled this death a homicide.
*5/20 – 7:40 p.m., A 24-year-old man was shot in his thigh in the 600 block of Laurens Street.
5/28 – 9:25 P.M., A 37-year-old man shot himself in the hand in the 1500 block of Leslie Street.
7/9 – 7:16 p.m., James Glover III, 39, was shot multiple times in the 1500 block of Presstman Street. He later died at the hospital.
7/30 – 10:00 p.m., Corey Jermaine Drake, 33, was shot in the 1500 block of Presstman Street. He was taken to an area hospital where he was listed as being in critical condition. However, Drake later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
7/31 – 12:23 p.m., A 36-year-old man was shot in the right knee, in the 1400 block of Mountmor Court. The victim, who has an open warrant out of Baltimore County, was taken to a hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
*9/23 – 7:31 p.m., A man was shot in the 600 block of Laurens Street.
11/6 – 4:22 p.m., A “Shot Spotter” led officers to the 1500 block of Leslie Street where they found 40-year-old Phillip Hayes fatally shot.
12/2 – 3:07 p.m.: Rashad Dendy, 31, was fatally shot in the 1300 block of Gilmor Street.
*12/17 – 12:57 p.m., Four people were shot in the 600 block of Laurens Street. Aaron Adams, 29, of the 4300 block of Connecticut Avenue, died at the hospital. Two other victim’s ages 50 and 18 suffered non-life threatening injuries and the fourth victim, a 50 year-old, remains in critical condition. [Other news reports and photos shoed this crime scene extending to the 700 Block, which is in the Upton zone]
The East Baltimore Safe Streets area had 6 homicides in 2021 and 25 nonfatal shootings. The blocks immediately surrounding saw 1 homicide and 4 nonfatal shootings.
1/23 – 3:35 a.m., An officer was flagged down by a 20 year-old man who had been shot. He told police two other victims were inside his house in the 600 block of N. Lakewood Avenue. There, a 21 year-old man and 16-year-old girl were found wounded. The girl died and has been identified as 17-year-old Alissa Taylor of Aberdeen. Police have charged Lenny Epps.
*2/9 – 3:15 p.m., A man was shot in the lower torso in the 800 block of Kenwood Avenue. He’s listed is in serious but stable condition. He told police he was walking in the block when he was shot.
3/25 – 9:20 p.m., Officers were called to a local hospital for a 21-year-old man that had been shot. He was shot in the 600 block of North Glover Street.
*4/4 – 3:14 a.m., An ambulance was flagged in the 700 block of North Milton Avenue where a 27-year-old man had been shot in the shoulder.
4/10 – 7:17 p.m., A 15-year-old was injured after a group of teenage boys began shooting at him while riding a dirt bike in the 600 block of N. Bradford Street.
4/27 – 11:45 p.m., A 19 year-old man was shot in the left side of the chest in the 600 block of N. Glover Street.
5/6 – 8:49 p.m., Officers responded to the 500 block of N. Glover Street for a shooting but found no victims. A short time later, they were called to a hospital for a walk-in shooting victim, a 23-year-old who had been shot in the back.
5/9 – 4:50 p.m., Police found an unidentified man shot in the chest and a 24-year-old woman shot in the leg in the 400 block of N. Luzerne Street. The man is in serious but stable condition.
*5/11 – 6:44 p.m., Montrell Harvey, 26, was shot in the 500 block of North Curly Street. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
5/18 -9:30 p.m., A 28-year-old man was shot in the ankle in a parking lot in the 2500 block of East Monument Street.
5/30 – 11:44 a.m., Officers responded to a crash in the 2300 block Orleans Street and found a 39-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the face and his vehicle crashed. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
6/21 – 3:06pm: A man was shot multiple times in the head in the 2500 block of Orleans Street. He later died at an area hospital.
6/29 – 12:50 a.m., A man was stabbed in the 2900 block of East Monument Street. He later died at the hospital.
*8/3 – 10:09 p.m., A 43-year-old man was shot in the 700 block of North Linwood.
9/10 – 2:54pm: Kendall Scott, 28, was found shot in the 400 block of North Montford Street. He later died at an area hospital. Police have since arrested and charged 32 year-old Paul Hunter Jr.
9/12 – 2:51 a.m., Officers responded to a shot spotter alert and found a 47 -year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds in in the 2800 block of Pulaski Highway. Detectives have arrested 20 year-old Ronald Gray and believe he and the victim got into a dispute leading up to the shooting.
*9/18 – 8:35 p.m., A 45-year-old man was shot in the 700 block of North Rose Street.
10/8- 4:43 p.m., Four people were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon just before 5 p.m. in the 2600 block of Jefferson Street.
11/1 – 8:19pm: A 26-year-old woman was shot in the 2400 block of East Monument Street
11/6 – 8:19 p.m., A 26-year-old woman was shot in the 2400 block of East Monument Street.
11/10 – 9:41 p.m. man was shot in the 600 block of Glover Street.
11/10 – 10:15 p.m., Charles Simmons, 52, was stabbed to death in the 400 block of North Port Street.
11/24 – 8:26 p.m., A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg while walking in the area of Jefferson and North Curley Streets.
12/5 – 3:45 p.m., Two men were shot in the 200 North Luzerne Avenue. One victim, 36-year-old Kevin Finley, later died.
12/18 – 9:11 p.m., Three women, ages 25, 31 and 60 were shot in the 500 block of Streeper Street. They were taken to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
12/22 – 6:31pm: A man was shot in the 500 block of North Kenwood Avenue
12/30 – 2:55 p.m., A 47-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of North Rose Street. He is expected to survive
There were 2 homicides inside the Belair Edison zone in 2021 and 9 nonfatal shootings. In the one-block area bordering the zone there were 2 fatal and 2 nonfatal shootings.
*2/15 – 9:24 a.m., A 16-year-old boy was killed after being shot in the head in Northeast Baltimore. Police say the shooting took place at an apartment in the 4400 block of Moravia Road.
3/28 – 11:33 p.m., A 44-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and back near the intersection of Bel Air Road and Mayfield Avenue.
4/11 – 10:29 pm: A 36-year-old man was shot in the legs and buttocks in the 3200 block of Bel Air Road
*4/29 – 6:55 p.m., A 35-year-old man was shot in the 4100 block of Eierman Avenue.
*5/3 – 11:56 a.m., 30-year-old Brittaney Hayes-Smith woman was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace.
5/25 – 11:23 p.m., A 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 3200 block of Belair Road.
5/29 – 9:24 p.m., A 35-year-old man was shot multiple times in the 3200 block of Belair Road
6/13 – 4:44 p.m., 23-year-old woman was found in the 3400 block of Findlay Road suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. She was taken to an area hospital where she is currently listed as being in stable condition.
7/16 – 12:17am: Two 24-year-old men went to different area hospitals after being shot while together in the 4400 block of Belair Road.
9/16 – 7:18 p.m., Phillip Hamilton, 27, was shot in the 3500 block of Cliftmont Avenue. He later died at the hospital.
*9/21 – 10:26pm: A 26-year-old man was shot in the hip in the 4100 block of Eierman Avenue. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.
9/25 – 5:24 p.m., 34 year-old man was shot in the 3600 block of Brehms Lane. The victim was taken to an area hospital and is in serious condition. He was sitting in his vehicle when the shooting happened. On October 7 — Johnathan Williams, 39, was arrested and charged.
10/26 – 2:12pm: A 38-year-old man was shot in the 3100 block of Mareco Avenue. Police have since arrested and charged 35-year-old Travis Lomax.
11/17: Nivea Anderson, 5, died after being found unresponsive inside a home in the 2800 block of Pelham Avenue on November 15. Abuse is suspected. Her death marked the city’s 300th homicide of 2021.
Govans Safe Streets had 4 homicides in 2021 and 3 nonfatal shootings. There were no shootings in the blocks bordering the zone.
3/21 – 1:42 a.m., A 54 year-old man, John Werrell, was stabbed in the 500 block of Radnor Avenue. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
4/19 – 3:45 am: Nikea Jackson, 27, was shot in the 700 block of Woodbourne Avenue. She later died at the hospital. Daya Jones, 44, was arrested on April 23.
6/1 – 10:50 p.m., An unidentified man and 27-year-old Keonna Britton were shot in the 500 block of Richwood Avenue. Britton was pronounced deceased at the scene and the man is in serious condition at a local hospital.
8/30 – 12 p.m., A 42-year-old man was shot in the 5300 block of Ready Avenue.
9/17 -2:54 p.m., John Gillian was fatally stabbed in the 5200 block of York Road. Police arrested 39 year-old Robert Lee Edwards in connection to the incident.
11/7 – 6:45pm: A 23 year-old woman was shot in the 5000 block of Midwood Avenue.
Brooklyn’s Safe Streets post saw 4 homicides and 7 nonfatal shootings in 2021. Directly adjacent to the zone were 1 fatal and 1 nonfatal shooting.
2/8 – 10:17 p.m., A man was shot in the head inside a home in the 900 block of E. Jeffrey Street. His condition is currently unknown. Suspects were described as three unknown males wearing dark clothing and hoodies.
4/19 – 5:43 p.m., A 39-year-old woman was shot in the stomach in the 3600 block of 5th Street. Moments later a 17-year-old victim checked into a hospital.
6/14 – 4:40 p.m., A 32-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of East Patapsco Avenue and crashed his car while trying to take himself to the hospital. Police arrested 30-year-old Alonzo Plenty in connection to the shooting.
7/5 – 9:57 p.m., Demari Hall,19, was shot multiple times in the 4700 block of York Road. He later died at the hospital.
7/12 – 2:25 p.m., A 22-year-old walk-in shooting victim told officers that while in the Brooklyn Homes neighborhood a vehicle pulled up and started shooting at him.
*8/5 – 9:37 p.m., A 37-year-old man was shot in the 4100 block of Mariban Court.
8/10 – 7:36 p.m., Bernard Knotts, 26, was shot in the 4200 block of Thayer Court. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
9/23 – 1:13pm: Several Shot Spotters alerted of a shooting in the 3600 block of 9th Street. On scene, police found 32-year-old Christopher Weaver fatally shot in the head. A second victim, a 34-year-old man, was found wounded at St. Victor and Patapsco Avenue. He’s in stable condition.
*10/27 – 5:45pm: Jacques Mcfadden, 18, was fatally shot in the 4100 block of Mariban Court.
11/5 – 10:20am: Qwize Butcher, 28, was fatally shot in the 800 block of Pontiac Avenue.
12/11 – 1:38 p.m., A 3 year-old girl suffered from a graze wound inside her home on the 900 block of Herndon Court.
Cherry Hill’s Safe Streets area had 2 homicides and 11 nonfatal shootings in 2021. there was one nonfatal shooting on a block bordering that area.
5/10 – 9:06 p.m., A 38-year-old man walked into a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. Police believe the shooting possibly took place in the 2900 block of Round Rd.
6/19 – 2:25am: A 43-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 1000 block of Bethune Road
7/1 – 4:41 p.m., Kenyell Wilson, 44, drove himself to Harbor Hospital after being shot and died a short time later. It’s unclear where the shooting happened. [Wilson was a violence interruptor with Safe Streets Cherry Hill.]
7/11 – 3:49 a.m., A 19-year-old was shot in the 1100 block of Cherry Hill Road.
*7/21 – 11:46pm: A 21 year-old woman was shot in the leg in the 2700 block of Seamon Avenue
8/10 – 1:49am: A 24-year-old-year-old man checked himself into the hospital after being shot in the buttock in the 900 block of Cherry Hill Road.
8/11 – 7:`10 p.m., A 44-year-old was shot in the 2700 block of Spelman Road.
9/7 – 4:21 p.m., Seth Tunstall, 31, was shot and killed in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road. On October 6, police arrested and charged 35 year-old Maurice Timothy Jones.
10/3 – 5:40am: A 35-year-old man heard gunshots in the 3500 block of Seagull Avenue and fled to Round Road where he noticed he’d been shot.
10/7 – 6:00 p.m., Two 32-year-old women were shot in the 2600 block of Spellman Road.
10/30 – 3:03 a.m., A 38-year-old man was shot in the 2900 block of Cherryland Road. On November 4, 2021, detectives arrest and charged 38-year-old Charles Lee.
11/24- 7:36 p.m., A 33-year-old woman was shot in the stomach in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road. [This location is also likely to be where Kenyell Wilson was shot July 1. Paul Gessler reported that he was picking up food when he was shot and there is a carryout at this location.]
12/17 – 6:34pm: A man was shot in the leg in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road.
12/31 – 5:08 p.m., A 35-year-old man was shot in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road after someone inside a vehicle pulled beside him and opened fire. The victim was taken into surgery and is in serious condition.
Baltimore’s Safe Streets zones accounted for 51 homicides and 99 nonfatal shootings in 2021. Citywide there were 337 homicides and 728 nonfatal shootings (as of 0900 December 31). (With another 20 homicides and 25 nonfatal shootings one block from a zone.)The area covered by Safe Streets’ 10 zones amounts to 2.6 square miles of the city’s 92.28 square mile area, so at a glance it would seem that violence is disproportionately high in those areas. And of course… it is. That’s why the program exists in the first place. But 15 years of violence interruption and over a half billion dollar police budget has not brought any better results than this.
Baltimore residents deserve better. Failing that, they deserve at least to know the actual facts and context of the violence happening around them daily. It’s a great source of frustration that the same media outlets that rush to cover Safe Streets in a glowing light and as a key part of the mayor’s strategy will then continue to report on violence day in and day out as if this program did not exist at all, and has no bearing or relation to any individual act of violence. A story that notes where a shooting occurs should also note the context of its happening in an area where violence interruption is supposedly present, or where recent violence has already occurred.