Man fatally shot in West Baltimore as police hit hot spots

Number of killings closes in on last year's

September 04, 2010|By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot Friday night in West Baltimore, police said.

About 10:12 p.m., police responding to a report of a shooting the 2000 block of Baker St. in the Easterwood community, found the man, whom police did not identify, with multiple gunshot wounds in the neck and head. He was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m.

Police reported that they had identified no immediate suspects or motive for the killing.

Police were also investigating a nonfatal shooting that took place in West Baltimore early Saturday.

About 12:25 a.m., police were called to a shooting within the 100 block of Shipley St. A 27-year-old man told police he was waiting for a taxi when he was shot twice by a stranger.

The man, whose name was not released, was able to flee on foot. He was being treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening at an area hospital.

Later Saturday, police were called to the 800 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. at 5:23 p.m. for a man who was stabbed in the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital where he had surgery Saturday night. Police described him as stable but had no further details.

About an hour later, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the face at Pennsylvania and North Fulton avenues at about 6:40 p.m. Police said he was stable.

With recent weekends bringing bursts of violence and Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III pressing officers to be more active, police reported Friday that officers hit two hot spots with search warrants that resulted in the recovery of handguns.

A search warrant executed in the 400 block of N. Linwood Ave. in Southeast Baltimore turned up a .25 caliber handgun and suspected drugs, while officers raided an apartment in the 6900 block of McClean Blvd. and seized a .45 caliber handgun and made one arrest.

There have been several killings this year in the McClean Boulevard apartment complex, while the area around Linwood Avenue has been one of the city's most consistently troubled.

With the killing in the Easterwood community, the city's homicide tally for the year remains on track with last year's total. There were 147 killings as of Friday night, compared with 149 at the same time last year.

Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

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