Police investigate E. Baltimore homicide

Incident one of eight shootings in city over the weekend

May 24, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Police were investigating the fatal shooting of an unidentified man early Monday in East Baltimore, one of eight shootings recorded in the city over the weekend.

The violence came as the FBI released preliminary figures for 2009 confirming Baltimore's murder rate remained unchanged as murders across the country fell about 7 percent. Among cities with more than 100,000 people, Baltimore's murder rate of 37.3 ranked fifth behind New Orleans, Richmond, Calif., St. Louis and Detroit.

Homicides are down about 17 percent this year, with 71 people slain as of early Monday, according to police statistics.

An officer responded to a call for a shooting at about 12:43 a.m. and found the victim lying on the sidewalk in the 900 block of N. Belnord Ave., in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood, police said.

The man was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m., according to police. Police did not have a motive or suspects.

Since Friday night, seven other people were shot in incidents recorded across the city, including a police-involved shooting in Mount Vernon that remains under investigation. Police do not release the names of non-fatal shooting victims, as they are considered witnesses.

•At about 12:45 a.m. Monday, a 23-year-old man was found lying in the 3100 block of Presbury St., in the Southwest District's Rosemont neighborhood, suffering from gunshot wounds to the torso. No further information was available.

•A 25-year-old man was shot just before 10 p.m. Sunday night as he walked in the 700 block of Lennox St., in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood. Police said a man approached him and withdrew a semi-automatic handgun, striking him four times. He ran toward North Avenue, then back to Lennox Street, where occupants of a home called police. The victim was listed in stable condition.

Two people were shot Saturday.

•At 4:10 a.m., 23-year-old woman said she was standing on a sidewalk in the 1600 block of N. Wolfe St. in the Broadway East neighborhood when an unknown person fired a gun, striking her in the torso. She was put into a nearby vehicle and driven to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where district detectives were notified of the incident, police said.

•At about 3 p.m., a 25-year-old man was walking in the 2900 block of Spelman Road in Cherry Hill when two unknown men drove up in a newer model Dodge Magnum with tinted windows, chrome rims and a North Carolina tag, police said.

The suspects chased the victim and began shooting with a semi-automatic handgun, striking him in both legs and his abdomen. When police arrived at the scene, they saw the man lying on the ground with a crowd of people gathered around him. He was listed in serious condition at an area hospital, police said.

Another two people were also shot Friday in separate incidents.

•A 24-year-old man reported that he was involved in a road rage dispute at about 11:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Woodbourne Ave., police said. He said an unknown male exited his vehicle and fired two shots into his vehicle, striking him in the foot. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

•A 21-year-old male was also shot and wounded in the 600 block of Willow Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. Friday. That shooting was originally reported to be in the 4700 block of Alhambra Ave. Additional details were not available.

Police on Monday had not released any new details in a police-involved shooting in the unit block of W. Chase St., adjacent to the Brewer's Art restaurant in Mount Vernon. Police said an off-duty officer was having dinner when he heard a car alarm go off and went to investigate.

He encountered a man breaking into his SUV and saw the man reach for an object, which police said was a screwdriver. The man was shot in the leg. He has not been identified, nor had the officer, a 10-year veteran placed on routine suspension as the shooting is investigated.

Sun reporter Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.

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