The city hasn't seen these numbers since the 1990s
Amid an unrelenting streak of violence, Baltimore's mayor said current gun laws miss the mark.
The number of homicides in Baltimore reached 211 on Wednesday, matching the number for all of last year. The 211th homicide was recorded when police found the body of a man who was shot in a vacant house in the Penn-North neighborhood of west Baltimore, the same area hit by riots in April.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's political career may depend on getting the violence under control. She gave credit Wednesday to city police officers because arrests are back up to a normal pace. She suggested that it doesn't matter that Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws on the books while other states don't.
Not since the 1990s has the city seen this many homicides this soon in a given year. In 2007, the city recorded its 200th homicide on Aug. 20 and went on to 282 homicides for that year.