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Communities stand against uptick in gun violence in Baltimore

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Posted at 11:25 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 08:32:14-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — This weekend, people are fighting back against the uptick in gun violence in Baltimore.

"When events like this take place, it shows us the worst side of mankind," said Rev. Cleveland Mason.

He helped lead a community walk in West Baltimore Sunday afternoon, exactly one week after seven people were shot at a cookout on Edmondson Avenue a block down from his church, Perkins Square Baptist Church. It would be the start of a violent week in Baltimore. Nine people were shot and killed, and many more were injured, including a mother and her two toddlers who are recovering from a quintuple shooting Friday night.

"We wanted our community to know that we are standing together. We do not settle for the violence that's taking place in our community. It may seem to be escalating, but we are gonna be hard at work to try to turn it around," said Mason.

"It's not okay for us to live in a city where our babies are at risk of suffering gun violence," said Mayor Jack Young.

Young and police commissioner Michael Harrison met Sunday afternoon near that scene in Southwest Baltimore.

Right now, there's a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting at Ramsay and Monroe streets Friday night.