Baltimore's Monthly Homicide Count Reaches a High Again

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 02: A police helicopter flies over homes as people participate in a dance party on North Ave., a day after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray, May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City state's attorney, ruled the death of Freddie Gray a homicide and that criminal charges would be filed against six Baltimore City Police officers. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife on April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Baltimore's Monthly Homicide Count Reaches a High Again

City has reported 42 killings so far in July.

Published July 30, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's monthly homicide count is reaching a historic high for a second time this year.

Police reported a fatal shooting Wednesday night, bringing Baltimore to 42 homicides so far in July. That matches the number of slayings recorded in May, which was the deadliest month since August 1990, when the city recorded 42 homicides, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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There were 29 slaying in June, but the pace picked up again in July. Police say there have been 186 homicides in Baltimore so far this year. That's a nearly 60 percent increase over the same time last year.

The number of homicides and shootings spiked after unrest sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody in April.  

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Written by Associated Press

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