Baltimore Records 200th Murder of the Year as Woman Found Shot to Death in Car
City on target for 300 homicides this year for fifth consecutive year
The latest slaying in the Maryland city puts Baltimore on target to hit 300 homicides in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.
On Saturday afternoon, a 32-year-old woman was found sitting in her car outside of an apartment complex with gunshot wounds to her head and chest, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Officers were called to the scene attempted to resuscitate the woman, but she was pronounced dead an hour later at a local hospital.
Police now are searching for a man last seen wearing a black t-shirt and red sneakers.
The suspect was spotted running away from the location where the shooting happened, the newspaper added.
Statistics compiled by the Baltimore Sun revealed that the city is edging closer to its fifth consecutive year of having more than 300 homicides.
From 2015 to 2018, Baltimore had 342, 318, 342 and 309 homicides, respectively, the newspaper’s tracker shows.
In the previous five years, the number of reported homicides in its tracker was around the 200 mark.
The news of the latest killing follows the arrest of a lesbian couple arrested in Baltimore and charged with killing their four-year-old son.
The pair has been charged with murder after their missing toddler’s body was found in a dumpster, police say.
Alicia Lawson, little Malachi Lawson’s mother, reported the child missing on Thursday afternoon.
But investigators report that by Friday evening, Lawson had allegedly confessed to killing the boy and also told the police where his body was located, Fox 5 News reports.
#BREAKING: According to police, Malachi's mother confessed that her son was not missing but deceased. They say she then gave detectives the location of his remains, which was in the 5500 block of Haddon Avenue. pic.twitter.com/MenDS2b4ND— Liz Ortiz (@EOrtizTV) August 3, 2019
“Last night, after extensive interviews with Malachi’s mother, she confessed that her son was not missing but deceased,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.
"She subsequently gave detectives the location of the child’s remains, which were in the 5500 block of Haddon Avenue.
“The biological mother and her partner will be charged with child neglect resulting in the death of a minor.”
According to Breitbart, investigators said “there were some obvious signs of injury” on the child’s body.
The FBI shares in the sorrow the Baltimore community is feeling today regarding the news about Malachi. We would like to join our partners at the @BaltimorePolice and thank everyone for their assistance since his disappearance on Thursday. https://t.co/FR2I8oxdq7— FBI Baltimore (@FBIBaltimore) August 3, 2019
Officials also report that Alicia Lawson, the child’s mother and her spouse, Shatika Lawson, have been charged in the boy’s death.
Both were taken to Central Booking and charged with neglect resulting in the death of a minor, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and making false statements.
More charges could be filed against the suspects after an autopsy on the child is concluded.