1 dead after 4 shot on basketball court

CRIME WATCH

October 08, 2007|By ARIN GENCER

Four men were shot - one of them fatally - at a basketball court Saturday morning in Southeast Baltimore.

Damon Coleman, 35, of the 2700 block of E. Hoffman St. was shot in the chin area and was later pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore police spokeswoman.

The three other men suffered minor injuries, police said. One was shot in the lower back, another in the shoulder and both legs and the third was shot in the mouth.

Police found three of the victims, including the man who died, about 6 a.m. lying on the east side of the basketball court in a public housing project in the 1400 block of May Court, Monroe said.

Police interviewed the fourth victim at Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore, where he went to seek treatment for his injuries, she said.

All four men have criminal histories, Monroe said. Detectives are investigating the shootings. Police declined to identify the wounded men because they are witnesses to a homicide.

The fatal shooting brought to 234 the number of homicides in the city this year as of yesterday, compared with 215 the same time last year, according to police statistics.

Arin Gencer

Police investigate fatal shooting

Police are investigating the death of a man found shot early Saturday in Northeast Baltimore.

Police found the man in an alley in the 1700 block of Homestead St. about 2 a.m., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore police spokeswoman. The victim, who had been shot in the torso, was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police have no witnesses to the crime and are waiting to notify the man's family before releasing the victim's identity, Monroe said.

Arin Gencer

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