The East Baltimore block where five people were shot and one killed last weekend doesn’t look that much different from many in the city; row home after row home, a few people sitting on the steps, a few trees and a random vacant home. It sits at the busy intersection of North Kenwood and East Monument Streets, not far from Johns Hopkins Hospital, not that far from Patterson Park.
Police and others say the recent shooting deaths in Baltimore are unacceptable, but the word has lost its meaning. We wring our hands and our leaders fall back on tired old explanations. By now perhaps you have memorized the statistics: 27 shootings that claimed 9 lives over five days beginning last Thursday evening.*