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BALTIMORE – Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.
The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who took a bullet to his head just before noon Thursday and was in grave condition. Police reported Friday that he had died, bringing this year's total to 187, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014.
Non-fatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year.
July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.