A violent weekend in Baltimore came to a close with a heightened police presence across the city. According to the Baltimore City Police Department, 13 shootings – three ending with deaths and two involving police – occurred from Aug. 13 – 15.

Police officials said the recent shootings bring the city’s estimated total to 136 homicides so far this year.

An officer involved shooting occurred in 1000 block of Ellamont St. during the morning hours of Aug. 15. According to police, a suspect pulled a gun during a traffic stop. Around 8 p.m. the same day, officers were involved in a an incident at Belair and Erdman avenues, where an adult male was shot in the leg.

Officials said District Commanders are working extended hours, roll-calls are being held in the streets and identified hot-spots have been flooded with additional officers in an attempt to deter any further escalation of the violence.

So far police have arrested Dane Shives, 21, in connection with a double shooting the evening of Aug. 13 in the 3500 block of Horton Avenue where one victim died from his injuries and the other was treated at an area hospital.

According to online court records, a warrant for Shives’ arrest was issued on Aug. 14 on charges of first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder, four counts of assault, firearm possession and discharging a firearm. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

 

Melissa Jones

Special to the AFRO