Murder by the numbers

January 02, 2012|By Peter Hermann

We'll have a story up on line, and in Tuesday's print edition, with some stats behind last year's 196 killings in Baltimore. It's not the faces behind the numbers, but rather the numbers themselves.

As in years past, 90 percent of the murder suspects and 80 percent of the victims have prior criminal records. It's been a persistent and unrelenting theme. Read Justin Fenton's story on Stanley Brunson -- called a legend by the city's top cop -- if you want a great example. You should also read Justin's story from Monday on the city's lowest murder count since 1977.

If that isn't eough, here is a stastical breakfown of last year's killings (information from the Baltimore Police Department):

Baltimore’s 196 killings in 2011

Means:

Handgun: 150
Knife: 32
Beating: 7
Strangulation or suffocation: 4
Arson: 1
Vehicle: 1
Other: 1

Location

On street: 112
In home: 33
In vehicle: 17
In alley: 13
In parking lot: 7
In business: 6
In park or public area: 4
In vacant house: 3
In public housing: 1

Motive

Unknown: 157
Robbery: 12
Argument: 11
Domestic: 6
Other: 4
Drugs: 3Child abuse: 3

Victim age
Under 10: 3
10-17: 11
18-24: 57
25-29: 49
39-39: 37
40-49: 20
50-59: 15
60-89: 3
90-99: 1

Fatal shooting victims shot in head

2007 — 86 out of 232 (37 percent)
2008 — 103 out of 191 (54 percent)
2009 — 116 out of 196 (59 percent)
2010 — 84 out of 168 (50 percent)
2011 – 72 out of 150 (48 percent)

Fatal stabbings

2007 — 20 out of 282 (7 percent)
2008 — 19 out of 234 (8 percent)
2009 — 22 out of 238 (9 percent)
2010 — 24 out of 221 ( 11 percent)
2011 — 32 out of 196 (16 percent)

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