Weekend violence includes homicide, domestic murder-suicide

Three others wounded in separate incidents

December 19, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 23-year-old man died after being shot in North Baltimore, one of four people shot Saturday night in Baltimore.

The latest violence came on the heels of a weekend that saw a man killed one block north of Patterson Park and a domestic murder-suicide in East Baltimore, as well as a double-shooting in West Baltimore in which the victims were expected to survive.

Also, a police officer suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a call downtown.

The fatal shooting victim, identified as Brian Anthony Taylor, was struck in the 6000 block of Marjorie Lane in the Chinquapin Park-Belvedere neighborhood near the Baltimore County line, according to police. The incident was initially reported as having occurred nearby in the 600 block of Evesham Avenue.

Police said Taylor was struck in the chest and was taken by friends to Good Samaritan Hospital, where the incident was reported to police about 9:40 p.m. No suspects or motives were given.

Earlier in the night, police responded to two shooting incidents in West Baltimore. A 20-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were shot inside a residence in the 200 block of N. Payson St. in the Penrose neighborhood about 8:10 p.m. They were taken to a local hospital and expected to survive.

About an hour later, at 9:15 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Additional details were not available, but he was also expected to survive.

In addition to Taylor, two other people were killed earlier Saturday, including a murder-suicide in East Baltimore initially reported by police as two killings. Police did not identify those victims pending notification of their next of kin.

The death of a woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic was also ruled a homicide Saturday, and a fire that killed a man in East Baltimore on Saturday morning was ruled an arson.

With about two weeks left in 2010, 215 people have been killed in Baltimore, compared with 227 at the same point last year. That's also down from 276 at this time in 2007.

Police said an unidentified officer was injured early Sunday. The officer was involved in a single-vehicle accident at West Paca and Hamburg streets about 2:35 a.m. and suffered head and neck injuries. The officer, who was responding as backup on an assault call, was reported to be in good condition.



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