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Ferguson's Fragile Recovery Shaken After Police Casualties

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Violent crime in Baltimore County has risen. Homicides remained at 35 in each of the last two years, but overall violent crime increased 14.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the latest available police department data. That followed a 2.8 percent decrease in such crime from 2015 to 2016. Early statistics for 2018 have not been released yet.

A shooting occurred at the Target in Owings Mills on Reisterstown Road that sent shoppers running and screaming recently, when, police say, two men entered the store and shot at another man. People should be able to take care of their family’s needs without the fear of being caught in the cross fire of a disagreement. As one who goes to that Target, this greatly concerns me. “I find it utterly incredible and shameful that somebody would pull a gun in Target,” said County Councilman Julian Jones, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Owings Mills. No one has been apprehended in this incident.

Some believe that the opioid epidemic has something to do with the upswing of violent crimes not just in Baltimore County, but in the country as a whole.

Some good news? While violent crime increased, property crime in the county fell 0.6 percent from 2016 to 2017. Burglaries were down 15 percent, and motor vehicle thefts decreased by about 2 percent.

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