Baltimore police step up patrols after three overnight shootings, two fatal

Murders in separate incidents Friday night

August 14, 2010|By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun

After three shootings that left two men dead and three others wounded Friday night, police commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III ordered an increased police presence and overtime in specific target areas Saturday.

In response to the overnight violence, the commissioner called for his commanders to remain on duty throughout the weekend and increase visible police presence on the streets.

Strategic hotspots are being targeted with foot patrols, said chief Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Officers with the Violent Crime Impact Section and the tactical units, including officers in plainclothes, will be deployed to target areas. Police in those areas, including the Eastern District where one fatal shooting occurred, were added "to establish more visibility," Guglielmi said. Downtown and the Inner Harbor will also be a focus, "given the prominence of those locations," he said.

Police shift change will also now take place on the streets, rather than in the districts, to avoid interruptions between shifts. Guglielmi said officers would be transported by vans in each of the nine districts for those shift changes.

Other steps being taken include a specialized traffic enforcement unit that will target certain parts of the city with checkpoints.

Bealefeld also ordered all his district commanders to be on duty from Saturday through Sunday night, when they would normally be relieved — "to make sure everything is running smoothly," Guglielmi said.

The increased police presence comes after several Friday night shootings, beginning with a shooting in Brooklyn that left one man dead and a second injured. Police said two people riding in a car were shot by an unidentified person in the 3500 block of Horton Ave. at about 10 p.m.

The victim, identified by police only as a 27-year-old man, was shot in the head and back and died of his injuries shortly before midnight after being taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A second man, described only as an adult, was being treated at an undisclosed local hospital Saturday.

Officers responded to a second fatal shooting, in the 2000 block of Robb St. in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood, shortly before midnight, where they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, not identified by police, was taken to John Hopkins Hospital and died at 1:10 a.m. Saturday.

Shortly after 9 p.m. officers on patrol were flagged down by a man who reported that someone had just been shot.

Officers found a victim with a head wound in the 100 block of N. Linwood Ave. The unidentified male was taken to a local hospital, where he was reported to have life-threatening injuries. A second victim, a 26-year-old man, had a superficial wound.

Police said a preliminary investigation found that the victims were approached by a woman with a gun who attempted to rob them and then shot them when they failed to cooperate. The woman fled the scene.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

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