Man fatally shot near city arena

4 injured in separate attacks

April 22, 2011|By Liz F. Kay and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Five men were reported shot, one fatally, in separate attacks over a 21-hour period Thursday night and into Friday, according to a Baltimore police spokesman.

The latest shooting occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Friday in the 1700 block of Homestead St. in Northeast Baltimore. Police said a man was found in an alley after having been shot several times. There was no update on his condition Friday night.

Earlier Friday, about 2:30 a.m., a man was shot in the back while sitting on a bench at a bus stop in the 200 block of W. Fayette St. downtown, one block north of 1st Mariner Arena. Police said the unidentified victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m.

Police said they had a person of interest in custody, but did not offer additional details. The killing was the fourth to occur downtown this year, all in April. There were three killings downtown in 2010.

The latest spate of violence began about 2 p.m. Thursday when a 20-year-old man was found shot in the upper body while sitting on a porch in the 3200 block of Dudley Ave., according to police spokesman Detective Kevin Brown. Police determined that the shooting occurred in the 4000 block of Mannasota Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, Brown said.

About 6:20 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 1300 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. in East Baltimore's Broadway East neighborhood and found a 36-year-old man inside a home with multiple gunshot wounds to his head, body and leg. He was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, near Oakley Avenue and Pimlico Road in Northwest Baltimore, officers found a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his cheek. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Also, police on Friday identified Keith Cooper, 47, as the man fatally shot about 9:20 a.m. Thursday in a high-rise housing complex for seniors and the disabled near the Inner Harbor.

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