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5 shooting deaths in 48 hours in DC brings homicide total in the neighborhood of 2017 count

The number of homicides in the capital city of the country are more than 40 percent since last year.

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After a wave of weekend murders, murders in and around the capital city of the country are allegedly more than 40 percent compared to last year — with more than three months to go.

Crime data collected by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D. C., Monday is counted 115 homicides so far in 2018 – just one death shy of last year 116 murders. At this time last year there were 82 murders.

“This is alarming. We don’t have to be a other Baltimore,” Kathy Henderson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission-commissioner in the north-East of the area, told FOX5 DC. “We need to nip this in the bud right now.”

The latest numbers came as the police are investigating two separate shootings on Saturday-one that killed Terrell Butler, 41, in the 5100 block of F Street SE, and another that resulted in the death of 37-year-old James Thomas Dunn, in the 1600 block of Euclid Street, NW., the local FOX News affiliate reported.

Three other people were killed in the Southeast in the early hours of Sunday, FOX5 DC reported.

The police reported that just before 4:30 pm, a suspect shot and killed 42-year-old William Hayworth; meanwhile, officials were investigating the murder of the 28-year-old Ervin Eugene Watkins and the 45-year-old Juan Dwayne Jackson.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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