Emmanuel Wallace | Cleveland Scene
An unidentified 47-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a liquor store on Tuesday, becoming Cleveland's 100th homicide of 2018. The city hasn't experienced a death toll like this since the war on drugs in the 1990s.
Cleveland tallied 130 homicides in 2017, barely a decrease from the 133 homicides that marked 2016 as one of the deadliest years in the city in decades. According to police and medical examiner records, 789 people have been killed over the last six years.
Perhaps most concerning, 84 of the 100 documented homicides in 2018 have been the result of gunfire. Surprising? No. Back in June, Scene reported
on a weekend that boasted at least nine shootings, Cleveland ranks ninth in teen gun violence
and the Major Cities Chiefs Association listed us with the fifth highest murder rate per capita in 2017, with four out of every five
homicides related to gun violence.
With 84 of our documented 100 homicides caused by guns, that statistic for 2018 is 4.2 out of every five homicides, and growing.
According to a report released by the Ohio Violent Death Reporting system
, most homicides involving guns in Ohio take the lives of young people ages 15 to 24, namely in urban communities like Cleveland. In 2015, the last documented year, the state average was 73 percent, a whopping 11 percent less than Cleveland's current rating.
More men, namely, black men, are killed by gunfire than any other demographic. However, looking at the nature of homicides is also concerning. Nearly 60 percent of women suffer three or more penetrating wounds, compared to 41 percent of males.
Meaning, homicide victims who happen to be women are more likely to experience "overkill," regardless of relationship to the perpetrator. Women in an intimate partner violence-related context had more than a six percent higher incidence of three or more wounds than those without. Seventy percent of women were also murdered in their homes, compared to only 50 percent of men.
There are currently a number of pieces of legislation in Ohio that would provide common sense gun laws
, but they're all stalled for one reason or another. Gov. Kasich did, however, sign an executive order last week
cracking down on background check policies in firearms sales.
Cleveland Police said they are working diligently in a press conference on Sept. 21, but they're still requesting public assistance with many of these homicides. If you know anything about any of the recent homicides, contact Crime Stoppers by calling (216) 252-7463.