3 shot in a spate of violence

May 31, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Three people were shot, including one by police, during a spate of unrelated violence late Thursday and early yesterday in the northeastern and downtown areas of Baltimore.

One of the shooting victims - a 17-year-old boy - was shot by police shortly after he is said to have robbed several people in Canton about 2 a.m. yesterday. In the other cases, a 20-year-old man was shot and wounded in a downtown garage about 3 a.m. yesterday. Shortly after 10 p.m. the previous night, a 31-year-old man was found shot in the right leg in an apartment building in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

No one died in the incidents, police said.

City crime statistics show that homicides and nonfatal shootings have declined more than 30 percent this year. As of yesterday, 81 people had been killed in Baltimore this year, compared with 124 during a similar period last year. There have been more than 80 fewer shootings in Baltimore this year - a 30 percent decline, according to data compiled by Baltimore police through May 24.

Police commanders partly credit the decline to aggressive policing of people who are suspected of carrying illegal guns, coupled with a renewed emphasis on tracking known violent offenders who are on parole or probation. Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Police Department and for Mayor Sheila Dixon, said that 1987 was the last time the city had fewer than 100 homicide victims by the end of May.

The police-involved shooting stemmed from a robbery about 2 a.m. in the 2500 block of Fleet St. in Canton, according to Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. Two suspects fled in a silver-colored Toyota sedan, and moments later, a police officer on patrol spotted the vehicle heading north on South Broadway and pursued the vehicle west on Orleans Street, into downtown.

The vehicle rolled over on Orleans Street, near St. Paul Street, and the two suspects fled, Monroe said. The patrol officer chased one of the suspects and confronted him in the first block of E. Pleasant St., between St. Paul and Charles streets, Monroe said. The officer shot the suspect once in the shoulder, she said.

Monroe said that a knife was found near the suspect, a 17-year-old boy, and a .44-caliber handgun was found in the overturned car. The teenager was hospitalized for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, Monroe said. His name was not released because he had not been charged. No officers were injured in the incident.

About an hour later, several blocks away, a 20-year-old man was shot on the second level of a parking garage in the first block of South St., police said. Police did not immediately have details on the man's condition and other details of the investigation.

At 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a man wounded by gunfire in the 2400 block of Wellbridge Drive, near East Northern Parkway and McClean Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore. The 31-year-old victim was found in the hallway of an apartment building after being shot in the right leg, police said.

Paramedics took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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