With six weeks left in 2015, the homicide rate in Baltimore has set a new high for the city, surpassing the previous record set in 1993. The city saw its 300th killing of the year over the weekend; since then, gun violence has killed five more people. Those homicides raised “the city’s per capita homicide rate — based on the recent population estimate of 622,793 residents — to 48.97 per 100,000 residents,” The Baltimore Sun reports.
The previous high was 48.77 homicides for every 100,000 residents, the newspaper adds. That was in 1993, when the city saw 353 killings. The new record is partially a result of the city’s smaller population in 2015.