Baltimore Mayor Jack Young called on residents to stop shooting each other and heed orders to stay at home so that hospital beds can be freed up amid the pandemic.
“I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently,” Young said, according to a local CBS affiliate. “We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime.”
He stressed that hospital beds are needed for people who have tested positive for the CCP virus, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and not for gunshot victims. Seven people were injured during a shooting in Madison Park as the city reported its fifth case of the virus.
The Epoch Times refers to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
“For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city, we’re not going to tolerate it,” Young pleaded. “We’re going to come after you and we’re going to get you.”
The city “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,” he said, CBS Baltimore reported. Meanwhile, Commissioner Michael Harrison noted there has been a surge in violent crimes since Friday.
Young also declared a citywide state of emergency over the CCP virus.
“Baltimore is moving to a new phase of response,” Young added, according to the Baltimore Sun.
More than 6,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed so far in the United States, according to researchers as of Wednesday.