Baltimore Has Now Had 342 Homicides in 2017, the Highest per Capita Rate on Record

Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun, December 27, 2017

With two fatal shootings Tuesday night and the recent reclassification of a decades-old shooting as a killing, Baltimore has hit 342 homicides in 2017 — a new per capita record.

The previous per capita record was set in 2015, when there were 344 homicides. According to the latest available Census data, the city had thousands more residents that year.

The most homicides to occur in a single year overall was 353, in 1993, but the city had some 100,000 more residents then.

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[Editor’s Note: See Baltimore’s “murder” map here.

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