Baltimore: 99 homicides, 6 months
Baltimore police and federal officials say violent crime is still at historic lows in the city despite some high-profile violence over the past month.
There were 99 homicides in the city over the first six months of the year, the lowest total from January to June since 1983. Baltimore has not had fewer than 200 slayings in a year since 1978.
The pace of homicides was slower before Memorial Day weekend, when 12 people were slain.
Nonfatal shootings are flat this year, with 192 over six months. There were 193 in the same period last year.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld say the numbers are no cause for celebration. But Bealefeld says the department can be happy about the potential slayings it prevented by getting gun offenders off the street.
-- Associated Press
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