Baltimore police investigate 3 killings

December 27, 2007

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating two Christmas Eve slayings that occurred in Northwest Baltimore and one that was reported yesterday in East Baltimore, according to city police.

The latest homicide occurred shortly after noon yesterday in the 1700 block of N. Dallas St., where police found the victim bleeding from multiple bullet wounds.

The man, whose identity has been withheld until his relatives are notified, died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

About 1:45 a.m. Christmas Eve, police found a man lying in the 6600 block of Vincent Lane, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Police said the victim, Toby MacCombie, 30, a resident of the street, had been shot once in the right side of the head.

MacCombie was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said detectives believe the motive was robbery but had no suspects.

The second Christmas Eve slaying occurred about 7:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Reisterstown Road.

Police said the victim, who had not been identified, was found shot and was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was died during surgery at 9:10 p.m.

As of yesterday 281 homicides had been committed in the city this year, compared with 271 at the same time last year.

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