City police probe 4 deaths



Baltimore police are investigating the deaths of four men who died in apparently unrelated incidents over the past two days, including two who were fatally shot early yesterday.

The two deaths yesterday are considered homicides, while those of two other men on Wednesday are under investigation, police said.

At 1 a.m. yesterday, officers responded to the 500 block of McElderry St. in East Baltimore for a report of a serious shooting and found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and lying in the grass near Orleans Street. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 1:36 a.m.

About the same time in North Baltimore, a man was shot in the head and found lying in front of an apartment building in the 400 block of E. Belvedere Ave. He was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital at 1:59 a.m. Police said they have identified the man, but want to notify his relatives before they release his name.

Police are trying to determine motives and identify suspects in both shootings.

On Wednesday, the body of a man was found near railroad tracks in Northwest Baltimore, in the 2700 block of W. Cold Spring Lane, about 8 a.m. police said. As of last night, police said, they had not identified the man and consider his death questionable.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, a man with at least one gunshot wound to the head was found dead at a bus stop in the 5600 block of Eastern Ave., near Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Police withheld his name pending notification of relatives. Police consider his death suspicious, a police spokesman said.

Police said that as of yesterday, there were 259 homicides in the city this year. That compares with 269 at this time last year.

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