Police investigating whether 2 shootings a block apart related

One man dies

second expected to survive bullet to leg

December 26, 2010|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

A 20-year-old man died after being shot several times Sunday morning in Southwest Baltimore, and investigators were trying to determine whether a shooting that occurred hours later and about a block away was related.

Police found the unidentified man in the 2100 block of Boyd Street around 7:50 a.m. suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died Sunday afternoon, according to Detective Jeremy Silbert, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department.

Then around 1 p.m., police reported that a man had been shot in the leg in the area of Pulaski and Hollins streets, about a block away from the earlier shooting.

The identity and age of the second man were not immediately available. He is expected to survive, Silbert said.

The shootings occurred just south of Bon Secours Hospital in the Booth-Boyd neighborhood, where two other men were killed earlier this year. The community borders Carrollton Ridge, a troubled neighborhood that garnered headlines last year after a 5-year-old girl was struck in the head with a stray bullet.

City officials poured resources into the area and the neighborhood's community patrol group — albeit small in participants — is among the city's most active, though shootings persist: a 15-year-old was fatally shot there on Dec. 1.

Sunday's shootings brought the number of shootings investigated by Southwest District officers over the weekend to at least three. On Saturday night, officers responded at about 8:45 p.m. to the unit block of North Kossuth Street, where a 26-year-old man had been shot in his arm and side, suffering injuries not considered life-threatening.

Despite the violence, the city remains on pace to record its lowest number of homicides and lowest murder rate in more than 20 years. As of Sunday night, 221 people have been killed this year in Baltimore, compared with 234 at the same time last year.

erica.green@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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