BALTIMORE — Another night filled with shootings and at least one knifing across the city. The good news? All the people involved are alive, but the youngest victim was only 14-years old.
The crime is nothing new, some people are even numb to it. Despite stop the violence stickers on these west side apartment doors— crime continues to flow.
“When is this going to stop or how do we stop this?” one person asked.
At 8:14 p.m., officers were called to the 3200 block of Belair Road in the Belair-Edison neighborhood where they found two men with shooting injuries.
The department said, one man was shot in the thigh and another man was shot in the buttocks.
The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police said they later found a third victim at a hospital with a gun shot wound to his leg.
On the west side, police responded to a hospital for walk-in shooting victims.
There, officers found two men, an 18-year-old with a bullet wound to the side and a 24-year-old who was shot in his face multiple times. Investigators believe they were shot in the 900 block of Poplar Grove.
Later in the night at around 9:21 p.m., officers responded to a local hospital for a report of a walk-in shooting victim.
Upon arrival, they found a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the side. They have not determined a location of where the shooting happened.
In all cases there’s little to no suspect information from witnesses.
“They are afraid that if they say the wrong thing, that if somebody hears them then they are going to get their family hurts, they’ll kill their family or or hurt them," one person said.
They said there’s no quick fix to crime.
"People in the neighborhood need to get more involved and everything,” they continued.
That’s where community leaders like father Richard Bozelli of Saint Bernadine Catholic Church comes in.
"Our first effort is to raise awareness, to make sure people are aware of what’s happening,” he explained.
Bozelli is part of a group of ministers along the 40 west corridor partnering with area schools like Edmonson Westside High to sponsor peace rallies.
The goal is to get students to commit to non-violent means.
"I’m not sure it’s an issue of waking up. I think it’s an issue of again, allowing young people to know that there are folks who care about them, we support them and want them to succeed," Bozelli said.
As for the victims they’re all expected to be okay. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.