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BALTIMORE (AP) — A spike in street violence has prompted Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh and police to walk the streets of West Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports the mayor wanted to see the work of her Violence Reduction Initiative, a crime controlling strategy that floods targets neighborhoods with services. The strategy started in November, and the mayor points to it for city’s decline in street violence for the first quarter of 2018.

But violence has spiked, with 29 killings happening in the past three weeks. Police say the spike is largely driven by feuding gangs in West Baltimore. During the Tuesday morning walk, Pugh looked at area businesses and corner stores offering late hours as a driver of crime, citing police data that says crime clusters around them.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,