Baltimore reaches dubious milestone: 200th homicide of 2015

Baltimore reaches dubious milestone: 200th homicide of 2015

The city didn’t hit 200 homicides last year until Dec. 7, when police said 19-year-old Tymaine Sellman was gunned down in the 500 block of Edgewood St.

A wave of killings the likes of which hasn’t been seen in four decades followed the unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, with more than 40 people killed in both May and July. So far in August, about one person has been killed per day in Baltimore. Police have partially blamed the influx of prescription drugs stolen from looted pharmacies for the violence.

Police have announced several initiatives to curb the violence, including a War Room in which city detectives work with state and federal agencies to solve crimes and an embedding of 10 federal agents with city homicide detectives.

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