An unidentified woman in her 20s and a 28-year-old West Baltimore man have become the city's latest homicide victims, raising to 12 the number of people slain in Baltimore this year, according to police.
The homicide toll is already two ahead of 1990, when 10 people were killed in the first 10 days of the year. Last year was one of the worst for homicides in the city's history, with 305 slayings. Officially, the homicide toll this year is 13, but that includes a 1985 death reclassified as a homicide last week and therefore counted in this year's total.
In one of the new homicides, the body of a woman was discovered about noon in a trash bin in the 3700 block of Lewin Avenue, off Wabash Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said.
The police said there were marks on the woman's neck indicating that she might have been strangled. Her body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
In the other new case, a lone gunman started firing into a group of men standing on the street in the 600 block of North Carey Street, killing one man and wounding another, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, the police said.
They said Raymond Lamont Queen, 28, of the 1000 block of West Lanvale Street died of a single gunshot wound of the chest.
James Robert Gaylord, 28, of the 800 block of George Street received a gunshot wound to the left leg and was in University Hospital in good condition, the police said.
The police said the two men were standing with several others on the street when a man in his mid-20s wearing a green army jacket, knit cap and tennis shoes, walked by and started shooting into the group before fleeing.
Investigators said they have no motive or suspects.