One man dead after double shooting in city barber shop

Masked gunmen targeted victim, police say

January 21, 2012|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

The man who was shot and killed Friday night in West Baltimore has been identified as a 32-year-old who police say was targeted by two masked gunmen who opened fire in a barber shop in the Franklin Square community.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of his relatives. Another man, age 37, also was shot in the incident. He suffered a graze wound to the head, according to police.

Police said the double-shooting occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of West Baltimore St., a street with a mixture of residential rowhouses and commercial businesses.

"Initial investigation reveals that two masked individuals entered the establishment and began firing at the fatal victim, before fleeing in an unknown direction," city police said in a statement. "No further suspect description is currently available."

Police said the 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No motive was revealed, but a statement from Baltimore police says that "detectives believe the [fatal] victim was targeted" and that authorities "are vigorously investigating."

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