What You Need to Know About Baltimore Right Now

Residents of Baltimore hit the streets this morning to clean up their neighborhoods following riots last night. Anger and frustration erupted in the city yesterday following Freddie Gray's funeral, which was attended by thousands. Gray, 25, died earlier this month of a spinal-cord injury while in police custody. 

Despite pleas for nonviolence yesterday by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Chief Anthony Batts, as well as urgings by the Gray family, hundreds took to the streets yesterday. It was a violent turn to mostly peaceful protests that have been ongoing over the past week; Baltimore's police department has a history of brutality and a tense relationship with many residents. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency, and this morning, President Barack Obama addressed what is happening in Baltimore. He said there was "no excuse" for the violence. Read on for a breakdown of this developing story, by the numbers.

2500 Funeral Attendees

New Shiloh Baptist Church was filled to its 2,500-person capacity yesterday as mourners paid respects to Gray. Reverend Jamal Bryant delivered the eulogy. "Freddie's death is not in vain," he told the crowd. "After this day, we're going to keep on marching. After this day, we're going to keep demanding justice."

Two Civilians Shot

Two people were shot in the leg in separate incidents during the height of last night's tensions. A 51-year-old woman and a man, whose age has not been published, were both shot in the leg. According to the Baltimore Sun, neither victim has been identified, and their conditions are currently unknown. The woman was shot near the location of Gray's arrest, while the man was injured near the center of an hours-long confrontation between police and youth in the city.

19 Police Officers Injured

More than a dozen law-enforcement officers were hurt during yesterday's clashes. Several have broken bones, and as of this morning, one police officer remains in a trauma center. Police also said they received "credible threats" that several gangs were joining forces in an attempt to "take out" officers, and Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green posted a disturbing photo of a hurt policeman during yesterday's melee.

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