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 homicide rate remained unchanged as killings across the country fell about 7 percent. Among cities with more than 100,000 people, Baltimore's homicide rate of 37.3 killings per 100,000 residents 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. The city is on pace for 180 homicides this year, which would be a 30-year low — yet still not enough to knock Baltimore out of the top 10, based on last year's numbers.

In the most recent killing, an officer answered a call of a shooting about 12:43 a.m. Monday 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 had several gunshot wounds to the upper body and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m., according to police. Police did not know of any motive or suspects.

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

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, with 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 drew a semiautomatic handgun, shooting the victim four times. He ran toward North Avenue, then back to Lennox Street, where occupants of a home called police.

Two people were shot Saturday.

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

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 semiautomatic 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.

Two other people were shot Friday in separate incidents.

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

A 21-year-old man was also shot and wounded in the 600 block of Willow Ave. about 8:30 p.m. Friday. That shooting was originally reported to be in the 4700 block of Alhambra Ave. More information was not available.

Police on Monday had not released any new details in a police-involved shooting last Friday in the first 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 who was placed on routine suspension while the shooting is investigated.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Liz F. Kay contributed to this article.



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