BALTIMORE– New data from the city’s Open Baltimore website shows 179 homicides were recorded in the first six months of this year, putting the city on pace for one of the deadliest years in Baltimore history.
The Baltimore Banner has described the first six months of 2022 as the deadliest in Baltimore history, and the shootings just aren’t stopping.
The Baltimore Police Department reports 10 shootings and five people were killed over the past weekend alone, along with 17 confirmed robberies.
This morning, police responded to another shooting in southeast Baltimore.
The shooting happened on Rose Street, but police found the 46-year-old gunshot victim on the corner of North Luzerne Street.
The gunshot victim is-a former gang member who has been on a mission for years to stop gun violence in Baltimore.
He first went to a local hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.
But later that evening, Moorehead could be seen standing outside his home in hospital scrubs, surrounded by police. He had ripped off at least one of his bandages, displaying a gunshot wound to his neck.
Neighbors described Moorehead as antagonistic, sharing video footage of him wielding an ax and sharpening it on the sidewalk.
Over the years, Moorehead has spread his message across the city by spray painting “No Shoot Zone” on abandoned buildings, sidewalks and other objects.
Some of his non-shooting posts are incredibly detailed. Others are generic.
More than 200 of his anti-violent messages have been scrawled across Baltimore.
All mark the spot where someone was shot and killed in the hope that the message can prevent further violence.
“See, I go straight to the shooters. That’s who my rapport is with. My rapport is with the shooters,” Moorehead told WJZ in 2019. “I can look them in the eye and say, ‘Homie, I was shooting, too.’ But what I didn’t have was a me back then.”
Moorehead estimates he shot about 20 people when he was between 13 and 15 years old.
At 15, he says he had a shootout with the police. I served 11 years after admitting attempted murder.
Back in May, more, killing one person and injuring three others. Moorhead was nearby when it happened.
“I actually heard every shot and when I got here it was still smoking,” he said.
Several months later, Moorehead was shot on that same street.
In 2019, Moorhead was stabbed, but he survived by spray painting additional “No Shoot Zone” messages all over Baltimore City.