Man dies after being beaten and set on fire in Northeast Baltimore

Another man was shot and killed in Reservoir Hill early Friday

August 22, 2014|By Justin Fenton and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Two men were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents in Baltimore late Thursday and Friday. One of the victims died after being beaten and set on fire.

About 2 a.m. Friday, Fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said someone called 911 to report an alley fire in the rear of the 4200 block of Shamrock Ave. in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Firefighters discovered a body on fire when they arrived, he said.

The victim was identified by police as Nathaniel Quarterman, 54, whose last known address was in the 4200 block Shamrock Ave. Police said an investigation determined that the man had been involved in a fight inside of a home before his body was found on fire. Police said they were interviewing a "person of interest."

Earlier Friday, at about 12:30 a.m., officers found a man with a gunshot wound to the head in the 2000 block of Linden Ave. in the Reservoir Hill section of West Baltimore. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police identified the victim as 22-year-old Michael Truesdale, of the 1200 block of Laurens St. He was being widely mourned on social media Friday, including photos showing him with his young children. Terrance West, the Cleveland Browns running back who played for Towson University, said he was dedicating his season to Truesdale.

"This one right here hurt me," West wrote on Instagram. "Real real real stand up guy with a big heart. This season dedicated to you bro."

Police did not provide a possible motive for the killing.

Detectives were investigating two other shootings. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said a 32-year-old man was shot in the head in the 2300 block of E. Preston St. by a suspect who fled on a bicycle. Though a significant amount of blood could be seen on the street and homicide detectives were assigned to the scene, a police spokesman said the man was alive and expected to survive. The man was not identified.

A second shooting occurred earlier in the night at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

A man was also shot Thursday night at 10:20 p.m. while walking in the 1400 block of E. Monument Street in Gay Street section of East Baltimore. Police believe three suspects who planned to rob the man approached him and shot him in the thigh, police said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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