BALTIMORE: Feds Sending Help As City on Pace For Its Highest Murder Rate in History

Through the first four months of 2017, Baltimore has experienced its highest murder rate in recorded history — and now federal officials are sending in some help.

Mayor Catherine Pugh last week asked for more federal resources to combat the city’s surge in shootings, robberies and carjackings. On Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to begin using a gun-tracing van in Baltimore to try to quickly solve gun crimes.


Daniel L. Board Jr., the ATF Baltimore Field Division special agent in charge, called the gun-tracing technology and the national database it connects to a “critical piece to solving and preventing gun violence in Baltimore.”