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Baltimore murder victims, suspects share ties to criminal justice system

Slayings down but trends continue

January 02, 2012|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

"Every level of law enforcement has been getting better at using effective tactics and strategies to go after known violent officers," O'Malley said in an interview Monday. He said the VPI program helped parole and probation agents and corrections officers "see themselves as crime-fighting entities, and not as some sort of second-tier social service agencies."

"It's long been true that a relatively small number of people are responsible for the vast majority of really violent crime," O'Malley said. "Over the past 10 years, we've gotten a little better at stripping away the anonymity of these violent predators."

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

Baltimore's 2011 killings

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: 3

Child 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

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)

Source: Baltimore Police Department, Homicide Analysis

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