Baltimore Mayor Urges Residents to Stop Shooting Each Other to Keep Hospital Beds Open

The Daily Caller reports, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to stop shooting each other and stay home as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

Young addressed the city Wednesday, after a sharp rise in crime since last Friday — including a mass shooting that sent seven people to the hospital — explaining that the violence would not be tolerated.

The mayor said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence.

“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 has only seen five positive cases of coronavirus so far, but numbers across the United States are expected to rise in the coming days.

“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently. We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime,” Young said. “For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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