After seven people were shot on Tuesday night alone, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young begged residents on Wednesday to stop shooting each other, so that there will be enough hospital beds available to help treat coronavirus patients.
The Baltimore Sun reported that as of Wednesday, there have been five people infected with the virus in Baltimore. The five confirmed cases involve three people in their 20s, one person in their 60s and another in their 70s.
Health commissioner Dr. Letita Dzirasa says that all five are in currently in “good to stable condition.”
During his plea to the public, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said he found the level of violence during this time unacceptable, and how his city wasn’t going to tolerate it.
“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently. We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”
“For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you,” he said, according to CBS Baltimore.
He continued, “We cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we’re going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus.”
“And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives, so take that into consideration.”
CBS Baltimore covered the shooting on Tuesday that night resulted in seven people being shot, reporting:
“Police said an officer confronted a man with a rifle Tuesday night after he allegedly shot seven people. Seven people were shot Tuesday evening in the Madison Park neighborhood, according to police. The suspect had a rifle and was dressed in all black with a ski mask. The officer who was patrolling the microzone confronted the man after he fired into a crowd gathered at the corner of Eutaw and McMchen Streets around 6:27 p.m.”
Commissioner Michael Harrison said of the shooting, “Our officer was on regular routine patrol when he observed a subject shooting at a group of individuals with a semi-automatic assault rifle. Based on that, he engaged the suspect and discharged his weapon.”
On Monday, another shooting was reported by The Baltimore Sun, when two men were shot and killed. “Early Monday afternoon, a man was fatally shot in North Baltimore, according to Baltimore City Police.”
“Officers responded to the 600 block of McCabe Ave in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood around 12:20 pm and found the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
In September 2018, The Baltimore Sun reported that “Baltimore had the worst homicide rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities last year and the second-highest violent crime rate overall, according to new data from the FBI.”
Instead of residents being able to focus on the typical medical issues that happen this time of year, such as how to get the best severe nasal congestion relief or similar, they’re having to worry about there being enough hospital beds in the event that they find themselves seriously sick.