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5 killed, 7 injured in nine shootings over violent Baltimore weekend

Baltimore City is now investigating 196 murders since the start of 2022
Baltimore police investigate three overnight shootings
Posted at 7:19 AM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-18 18:55:22-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Police responded to yet another violent weekend in Baltimore City.

Since Friday night, five people were killed, seven were injured in nine shootings.

Baltimore City is now investigating 196 murders since the start of 2022.

Two of those deaths including teens - a 17-year-old and 18-year-old - near Morgan State University.

Morgan State University put out a statement saying the incident did not involve anyone affiliated with the school.

“The police district is 200 feet away and for somebody to be that brazen to kill two people and shoot others right next to a police station, it just crazy to me," said a person who didn't want to be identified.

There were also 25 confirmed robberies over the weekend.

Those are staggering statistics, fueling frustration throughout Baltimore as police respond to widespread violence across the city.

“A lot of it is just senseless stupid. Its just for no reason. Its pettiness," said one person who didn't want to be identified.

Saturday, a 32-year-old man was killed on Edmondson Avenue in Southwest Baltimore, a 28-year-old man was killed on Fortview Way in Southeast Baltimore and another man was killed on Ramsey Street in the Pigtown area of South Baltimore.

“It’s a recurring thing in Baltimore City, people getting killed," a person said.

There was also a non-fatal double shooting early Sunday morning near the Canton Square. It’s the second shooting there in a week. It happened just before 2 a.m. as bars were letting out.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the torso, and a 25-year-old man was shot in the back. They were taken to the hospital.

The councilman for Canton, Zeke Cohen, said two groups of people were fighting when someone pulled out a gun and police have a strong lead on the suspect.

That suspect has since been identified as 30-year-old Mario Diaz from Dundalk. He's charged with two counts of attempted murder.

If you have any information on the shootings, you can report it anonymously by calling the Metro Crime Stoppers tip-line at 1-866-7LOCK-UP. You can also anonymously text a tip by visiting the MCS of Maryland website.

“It’s dangerous, makes people don’t want to come outside especially us working folks," a person said. "I don’t want have my kids playing up and down the street and you know they get shot because of some idiots,. "It’s just a dangerous environment that we live in."

Baltimore’s top cop called the incidents an absence of conflict resolution among those involved.

“These are by in-large conflicts where people know one another and it is largely because of that conflict between people who know one another,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.