MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Former Attorney General Doug Gansler today issued the following statement upon the news that a Johns Hopkins surgeon was shot during a carjacking today:
“The number one job of government is to keep people safe, and right now government is not doing its job. I am thankful that the victim was released, but it is utterly insane that a surgeon who cares for trauma patients cannot get to work in Baltimore without getting carjacked and shot. We need to address the root causes of crime through investing in communities, but we also need to stop crime dead in its tracks right now through the infusion of better-paid and better-trained police. We need beat cops and community prosecutors who can build relationships within neighborhoods so that we are actually stopping and solving murders, shootings, carjackings and other crimes. We have to fund the police.
“Make no mistake, Baltimore does not have a monopoly on carjacking. There were at least 59 carjackings in Montgomery County last year, and Prince George’s County has also seen a rise in the crime. As governor, my number one goal will be to eradicate violent crime. The people of Maryland, no matter what their zip code, deserve to live in a state where they feel safe.”