Twelve people were shot, five of them fatally, in eight separate weekend shootings in Baltimore, the Associated Press reports. The first of Saturday’s shootings was reported at about 2:30 a.m. and involved three women found in a car. One victim, a 28-year-old woman, died after arriving at a hospital. A few hours later, police responding to a shooting found a man, 46, with a gunshot wound to the leg. A second shooting victim, a 40-year-old man, walked into a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his leg. After 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police found a man fatally shot. That was followed less than half an hour later by a shooting that left a 37-year-old man wounded. A shooting an hour later left one man wounded and another dead. More gunfire a few minutes later left a 37-year-old man fatally wounded. Saturday’s violence ended shortly before 11 p.m., when officers found a 24-year-old man fatally wounded.
The city recorded 348 homicides last year, its fifth consecutive year with more than 300 murders and the most violent year ever on a per-capita basis. City council president Brandon Scott, a Democrat running for mayor, condemned the violence. “A day that should have been met with pride and community was once again flooded with violence and loss,” Scott wrote, an apparent reference to a National Football League playoff game hosted by the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. “This violence is heartbreaking and must stop now,” added Scott, who said he plans to question Baltimore’s police commissioner and other agency heads about what they were doing in the affected communities before and after the shootings.