Baltimore detectives investigating fatal shooting in Oliver

Shooting in Upton also being investigated

March 29, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

City detectives are investigating two overnight shootings that left one man dead in Oliver and another man wounded in Upton, the Baltimore Police Department said.

About 11:46 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Pitcher Street in Upton for a report of a shooting and found a man wounded at the scene. The location, west of Maryland General Hospital, is in the police department's Central District but is not far from some of West Baltimore's most violent neighborhoods this year.

Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, said officials determined the 24-year-old man shot himself, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Silbert said he did not know whether the shooting was accidental.

About 2:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of E. Lanvale St. in Oliver for a report of a second man shot, police said.

The victim, 21, was found in the street and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Oliver has been the focus of an intense police and city government presence in recent weeks, tied to local efforts to turn the neighborhood around by bringing in new residents and rehabilitating homes. Reducing crime in the neighborhood has been a key aspect of those efforts.

The reported shooting Friday morning would be the second this year in the neighborhood, according to city crime data. The last, which was not fatal, occurred on Jan. 1.

Last year, there were nine homicides in Oliver and eight non-fatal shootings, according to city data. There were also 28 other incidents involving firearms, including aggravated assaults.

No further information on the overnight shootings was immediately available.

They follow the fatal shooting of a man in the Washington Village/Pigtown area of Southwest Baltimore on Thursday morning, which marked the first shooting death in the city in more than a week.

The shooting in Oliver is the second.

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