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'Put the guns down': Police respond to another violent weekend in Baltimore

Officers said four people were shot on a block on Saturday
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Posted at 10:01 AM, Apr 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 15:32:03-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City Police had their hands full after a busy weekend of violence and shootings.

Between Friday, April 15 and Sunday, April 17 there were three murders, 16 non-fatal shootings, and 26 robberies.

Baltimore City Police also said, during that same time period officers made three attempted murder arrests and seven handgun arrests, and served six robbery warrants and one handgun warrant.

A woman, who didn't want to be identified, said she had her front window shot out during a gun battle over the weekend.

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She said a young man was killed in that shooting.

"Yes, I wasn’t home, but I got a call, and I got here quickly, and the young man was laying out in the streets," she said. "It was a nice day. I might have been sitting out on the porch, who knows."

The woman told WMAR-2 she and her daughter wasn't home at the time of the shooting, near Maple and Hayward Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Four people were shot on that block, while 31-year-old Byron Troxler was killed.

"When the officer was putting the numbers down, I seen number 44, so that mean 44 bullets was shot," the woman told WMAR-2. "And the way that young man was killed, it’s sad. It's like they over killed him."

That was just one of the shootings from the weekend.

In another shooting on Friday, 30-year-old Brittany Keyser was shot to death.

The woman said long-time residents of Baltimore are fed up with these homicides.

"Yep, it’s really touching it’s really touching because I been in the neighborhood since 89 and it’s painful to see your neighborhood go down like that," she said. "I wish whoever, young generations, old generations, that they just put the guns down."

As of Monday afternoon, Baltimore is investigating 99 homicides since the start of the year.