Teenager becomes 16th juvenile slain in Baltimore this year

CRIME WATCH

June 13, 2007

A teenage boy who was found shot on a Northeast Baltimore street early yesterday died later of his wounds - the second teenager killed in the city in two days, police said.

About 1 a.m., Northeastern District police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1600 block of Montpelier St., off Harford Road across from Clifton Park.

Officers found a 17-year-old boy bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

The boy, whose name was not immediately available, was the 16th homicide victim younger than 18 in Baltimore this year. Last year at this time, 11 juveniles had been slain, city statistics show.

Early Monday, police found a teenage girl who had been fatally shot lying in a courtyard of Bentalou Elementary School in West Baltimore. She has not been identified.

In a third fatal shooting, police identified yesterday Juan Taylor, 44, of the 2400 block of W. Lanvale St. as the man fatally shot about 2:20 a.m. Monday while seated in a van parked in the 3200 block of Brighton St. near Hilton Parkway.

As of yesterday, the city had recorded 137 homicides this year, compared with 118 at the same time last year, police said.

Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin

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