Deadly weekend in city brings four homicides

No arrests after three victims are shot, another fatally beaten

January 08, 2007|By Richard Irwin and Rona Kobell | Richard Irwin and Rona Kobell,sun reporters

The pace of Baltimore's homicides has increased to nearly a slaying a day in the new year, with four killings reported since early Friday - three of them by gunfire, the other a beating, city police said yesterday.

The names of the four victims were being withheld pending notification of family members, and no arrests had been made in any of the deaths, police said.

The shootings all occurred Saturday, the most recent shortly before midnight when a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1800 block of N. Montford Ave. by police officers responding to a report of a shooting. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

About an hour earlier, officers responding to reported gunfire in the 300 block of W. North Ave., near Mount Royal Avenue, found a male victim sitting inside a 1994 Honda Accord and bleeding from multiple wounds, police said. The car's body had been hit and the windows shattered by bullets, police added.

The unresponsive victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said.

About 6:40 p.m. Saturday, a man either running or walking in the 5200 block of Ready Ave. in North Baltimore was shot at least once in the head by an unknown assailant, police said. The man was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died shortly after 7 p.m., according to police.

About 2:30 a.m. Friday, Southern District officers responding to a report of a severely injured man in a house in the 500 block of Maude Ave. in Brooklyn found the victim bleeding from head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Police said the victim had been attacked during an argument with another man in the house and was struck several times with an unknown weapon. The assailant was being sought.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in any of the slayings. The deaths raised the toll of city homicides for the year's first week to six, police said.

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