Violent Weekend In Baltimore As Several Shootings Claim Lives, Including Man Visiting From Israel

There were several shootings and some of the victims died, including one man who was visiting Baltimore from Israel.

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- It was a violent weekend in Baltimore. Several shootings took place, some of them deadly. One of the shootings claimed the life of a man who was visiting here from abroad. And WJZ is live right now at police headquarters. Ava-joye Burnett has more on the recent rash of violence that is leaving some in the city terrified. Ava-joye.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Denise, that shooting that you mentioned happening in a Northwest Baltimore neighborhood. It's an orthodox Jewish community. And a city council member told me that that young man was visiting from out of the country. He was only supposed to be here for a few days for his cousin's wedding.

- They're devastated.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Councilman Yitzy Schleifer says an entire neighborhood is grieving after 31-year-old Efrain Gordon was gunned down early Monday morning on the steps of his aunt and uncle's home. He was here for a quick visit from Israel for his cousin's wedding.

YITZY SCHLEIFER: They go from a high point of having their relative's wedding, and families finally seeing each other for the first time in a long time. And to have a relative comes in from out of the country just for a week for this wedding, to be gunned down is horrific.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Gordon's murder on Fords Lane in Northwest Baltimore is just one of several shootings in the city over the past 48 hours. Sunday evening, Baltimore City Police say they were called to a quadruple shooting near Washington Boulevard in Carroll Park just after 8:00 PM. All the victims were men in their 20s. And one of them later died. In addition to those deadly shootings, city police also say another victim died from blunt force trauma to the head.

- It's a shame because it's our future.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Police say there were 91 homicides by this time last year compared to 105 in 2021. But that data came out this morning. By the afternoon, another victim had died. We believe this is a sign of a larger issue.

- Absolutely is. It's larger than me and you, that's for sure. And it's going to take a lot more than one person to come in with ideas.

AVA-JOYE BURNETT: Back to that shooting in Northwest Baltimore, Councilman Schleifer said there are a lot of cameras in the area. And many of the residents are handing over that footage with the hope that this crime will be solved. Live tonight at Baltimore City Police headquarters, Ava-joye Burnett for WJZ.