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Husband of Baltimore Police Lieutenant murdered outside home Tuesday

$18k reward offered for information leading to killer
James Blue
Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-27 18:12:17-05

BALTIMORE — Police have identified a man murdered in the street of a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood.

James Blue, 43, was shot to death Tuesday afternoon outside a home in the 1400 block of Walker Avenue.

Sources say Blue is the husband of an active Baltimore Police Lieutenant.

Police have not revealed any details on a potential motive or suspect, but an $18,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The incident is the latest in a rash of recent gun violence in the city.

This past weekend, six people in Baltimore City were killed and seven others were wounded by gunfire.

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The violence hasn't stopped since.

Between Monday and Wednesday six other victims besides Blue were shot, three of them fatally.

Those victims include Chesley Patterson, the General Manager of La Scala Ristorante in Little Italy, who was gunned down in the 1700 block of Eastern Avenue, and Cheryl McCormack, 51, who was shot and killed while delivering food in the 3900 block of White Avenue.

So far in 2022 there have been 32 murders reported in Baltimore — 13 ahead of last year's pace.

Neighbors like Christine Wright were furious after their block became a crime scene, and she said she feels like the crime is just getting closer and closer to home.

“These police they not doing their job out here. We don’t get patrol up here and if you call them it takes them two hours to get up here,” Wright said.

Other neighbors shared the same sentiment and another neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous said her car was hit by a bullet around five minutes after she returned home. Wright said incidents like this is why she and other neighbors want to see a larger presence from police.