Man is found fatally shot in Annapolis

Police investigating the city's sixth homicide this year

May 04, 2008|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,Sun reporter

A man was found fatally shot behind an Annapolis home yesterday afternoon, police said.

Police responding to multiple calls about gunshots discovered the body of a 31-year-old man in a grassy area behind rowhouses in the unit block of Pleasant St. just after 5 p.m., said Cpl. Jennifer Crews-Carey, an Annapolis police spokeswoman.

The man had suffered at least one gunshot wound, she said, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Crews-Carey said she was not able to provide more information about the man's injuries, nor could she release his name or say whether he lived in the area of the shooting.

Detectives were investigating the shooting but had not identified a suspect or weapon last evening, she said.

The shooting marks the city's sixth homicide this year, Crews-Carey said.

In the first five homicides of 2008, Annapolis police have arrested a suspect in one of the shootings. In 2007, Annapolis had a record eight homicides.

Last month, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer announced new leadership for the city Police Department, including the appointment of an interim chief, Michael A. Pristoop, a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. In February, Chief Joseph S. Johnson announced plans to step down next month after nearly 14 years at the helm of the department, in part because of health considerations.

Annapolis has also launched an initiative called Capital City Safe Streets, aiming to draw on federal and state resources to help curb crime. State officials have said they hope to expand the program to other Maryland municipalities if it proves successful.

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