Baltimore Leaders Demand Action After 15 People Are Shot, 5 Fatally In 40 Hours

(CNN) A weekend rash of shootings -- 15, to be exact, five of them fatal -- has left Baltimore residents frightened and angry, and one activist cum City Council candidate says she's tired of leaders paying lip service to violence.

The shootings unfolded in the span of about 40 hours, beginning about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Tori Rose, who is running for a Council seat in west Baltimore, lost her cousin, Donnell Candy Jr., to gun violence in 2018. On Sunday, she returned to the spot where he was slain to demand change. She posted video of the gathering to her Facebook page.


"We have lost too many, and if City Hall doesn't come get us, if the police commissioners don't have a plan, what are we going to do? We're going to make a plan. If not us, then who?" she asked demonstrators.


Rose isn't the only resident seeking office who has had enough. City Council President Brandon Scott, who is running for mayor, said in a statement that the city should've been celebrating the Baltimore Ravens playoff game Saturday. Instead, residents were left reeling from widespread gun violence in the city.


The trauma of the violence "does not get buried with the victims. It extends to the survivors, families and communities who are left to cope with the aftermath and pick up the pieces. This violence is heartbreaking and must stop now," he said.

Scott will be questioning Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and other city leaders, pressing them on their plans to mitigate the violence in the city, he said.


In a statement, he said, "2020 does not have to wreak the same havoc as 2019. I will not allow it." He pointed to the 348 murders in the city last year, which, according to The Baltimore Sun, was an uptick of more than 13% from the previous year.

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