Two fatally shot


city homicide toll for '07 stands at 124

May 31, 2007|By Gus Sentementes and Richard Irwin

Two young men were fatally shot in separate incidents early yesterday and Tuesday night, and a 17-year-old was arrested in one of them, as the pace of homicides in Baltimore reached an average of one a day in May.

The latest reported killings brought to 124 the number of homicides in the city this year, compared with 111 for the same period in 2006, police said.

Law enforcement officials attribute at least part of the violence to drug turf battles and an increase in gang rivalries. In many cases, police and prosecutors complain that victims and witnesses are reluctant to cooperate with investigators and instead settle scores outside the city's criminal justice system.

The latest reported killing occurred shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday. Officers responding to a call for a shooting found a man in his mid-20s lying in the 100 block of N. Warwick Ave., with wounds to his chest, police said. The man was pronounced dead a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Investigators determined that the shooting had occurred about a block away, in the 2400 block of W. Lexington St., police said. The man's name was not released.

The second victim, a male in his late teens whose name was withheld, was shot Tuesday afternoon, police said. Shortly before 3 p.m., officers responding to a call reporting a shooting found the victim lying on a parking lot at Clifton Avenue and Denison Street, north of Leakin Park. He died at Sinai Hospital at 4:16 p.m., police said.

A handgun believed used in the shooting was found near the victim, and a suspect was arrested a short time later at his home nearby, police said.

Charged as an adult with first-degree murder and using a handgun in commisison of a felony was Christopher Ford of the 3300 block of Clifton Ave. He was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Police said the shooting occurred during an argument over money.

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