Baltimore homicide clearance rate down from 2017

    Baltimore homicide clearance rate down from 2017

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore's homicide clearance rate for 2018 is less than 50 percent, but that number is actually much higher than in 2017.

    With just a few days left this year, Baltimore Police have made arrests in 44 percent of homicide cases.

    That is compared to just a 27 percent clearance rate the year before.

    While there are more than 300 homicides in 2018, that's also less than the 342 murders that occurred in 2017.

    Non-fatal shootings in Baltimore are also down by around 35.

    However city police continue to investigate five separate shootings in the past 24 hours.

    In one incident, a 14 year old male was shot in the arm late Thursday night in the 1600 block of East Lanvale Street.

    During midday Thursday, there were three other shootings in the Western District.

    Baltimore Resident Eugene McIntyre says "I mean over 300 homicides again for a record number of years.

    "I don't know what the solution is. I'm just tired of all the violence, it's nonsense and it doesn't make any sense."

    Meantime police continue to seek information in the November shooting of five year old Amy Hayes in West Baltimore.

    Amy is slowly recovering from her injuries and is undergoing rehabilitation at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute.

    Jacquelyn Smith, a resident of Harford County, was fatally stabbed in early December while trying to give money to a panhandler.

    The search also continues for 48-year-old Phillip Stanley West, who is accused of fatally shooting a Cincinnati man last week inside a Fells Point bar.

    Police detectives are asking anyone with information about any of the incidents to contact them at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

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