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As 2019 winds down, murders in Baltimore are not

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 17:10:03-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — As 2019 winds down, the murders in Baltimore are not.

"At the end of the year, a way to bring the year in... I'm just hurt," said neighbor Regina.

Late Monday night, three men were shot and killed inside a home on E. 43rd St. at York Road.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said they don't have any suspects yet but believe someone knows something.

MORE: Three killed inside home Monday night in North Baltimore

"The fact that they were inside a residence that did not have any signs of forced entry that we know of suggests that the perpetrator was likely known to them in some way and allowed entry in some way," said Harrison.

Out of the 348 murders so far this year, 47 happened inside homes and 11 others happened inside businesses.

"The problems by and large are between people who know one another and are solving their problems this kind of way with gun violence," said Harrison.

As of Christmas Eve, 81% of both homicide victims and suspects had prior records. As of Tuesday, the department's homicide clearance rate is 31/7%, compared to last year's 43%.

"It has to do with evidence. It has to do with witness participation. It has to do with case load and it has to do with the amount of investigators we have and time spent on cases," said Harrison.

Harrison said they are working to correct that by adding more positions, training and making sure the case load is appropriate.

There have been nearly 40 more murders this year than last year.

MORE: Year end review: Baltimore ends 2018 with 309 homicides

Final statistics have not been released, but preliminary numbers from Christmas Eve's 2019 Victim and Suspect Analysis Report show out of 338 victims, 276, or 81.7% had prior records. 39.3% were arrested for violent crimes and 29.9% were on parole and probation at the time of their murder.

Looking at the suspect information from the report, out of 86 known suspects, 73 have been arrested. The majority were male adults and 81.4% had prior records, with 52.3% arrested for violent crimes and 26.7% were on parole and probation at the time of the murder.

The report said 304 murders were shootings, 18 were stabbings and 11 were beatings. 204 of the murders happened in the street, 44 (not including the 3 killed overnight Monday) were inside homes, 25 were inside cars and 19 were in alleys.

The report indicates of the known motives, 31 were arguments, 20 were robberies and 11 were out of retaliation.

The majority of murder victims were male and 5 were under 10 years old.

230 victims were shot multiple times and 84 people survived gunshot wounds.