Baltimore, MD – The mayor of Baltimore asked residents to stop shooting each other and stay home so that hospital beds in the city can be used to treat Coronavirus patients.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young made the plea after multiple people were shot on Tuesday night after residents had been advised to stay home and practice social distancing, WJZ reported.
Seven people were shot in the Madison Park neighborhood on March 17.
“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently,” Young said. “We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”
The mayor said that hospital beds were needed for the spreading coronavirus pandemic and not for senseless violence.
He urged Baltimore residents to stay home and put down their guns, WJZ reported.
“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,” Young said. “And it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives. So take that into consideration.”
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison confirmed that crime has been on the rise since Friday, WJZ reported.
The commissioner said that police department would put more police officers in the neighborhoods where crime has recently increased.
Young declared a citywide emergency on March 18 and asked Baltimore residents to stay inside their homes, the Washington Examiner reported.
Baltimore has so far announced five positive coronavirus cases in the city.
The mayor has been criticized in the past for not accepting responsibility for problems occurring in Baltimore, the Washington Examiner reported.
Young, the former City Council president, stepped into former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s shoes in April of 2019 after she was arrested for fraud related to the sale of her “Healthy Holly” book series.
She was sentenced to three years in prison on Feb. 27.