(Baltimore Sun) Aleasha Bowie was recuperating at her East Baltimore home from a surgical procedure Thursday morning when she heard the shots….

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On the corner outside, she saw a young man — someone she’d watched grow up in the neighborhood — slumped on the street.

The 21-year-old man, whom police did not identify, was the 319th homicide victim in the city in 2017; raising the total beyond the 318 killings that occurred in Baltimore in all of 2016.

That means this year is now Baltimore’s second-deadliest on record on a per-capita basis, with a month left to go. The record was set in 2015, when there were 344 homicides…

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Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has called the violence “out of control” and vowed to increase the police force to 3,000 sworn officers as quickly as possible — hundreds more than there are now — but recruiting cadets and putting them through the police academy takes time.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis repeated on Thursday his now-frequent calls for harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, citing the arrest of a man on attempted first-degree murder and other charges on Thursday in relation to an incident Wednesday night, in which an officer was shot in the hand after stopping the man on a street in Cherry Hill.

The man, identified as Allen Hosea Johnson Jr., 35, was forbidden to have a firearm because of previous convictions, Davis said. He could not be reached for comment, and did not have an attorney listed in online court records…

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