Baltimore 2009 homicides top year-ago figures
Baltimore has topped last year's homicide total.
Police say three slayings over the weekend pushed the homicide count to 235. Last year, the city recorded 234 homicides — the lowest total since 1988.
Even with last year's drop, Baltimore remains one of the nation's most violent big cities, with a rate of nearly 37 slayings per 100,000 residents.
Many of Baltimore's homicides are tied to the illegal drug trade, and the vast majority of the city's murder victims and suspects have criminal records.
Nationwide, the FBI reported a 10 percent drop in murders during the first half of 2009.
Baltimore police note that nonfatal shootings are down by more than 100 compared to this date last year, from 583 to 447.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
December 29, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
Categories: Baltimore , Crime Statistics
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