One dead in pair of east side shootings

After a week without a homicide, two men were shot in Baltimore Thursday

September 19, 2014|By Colin Campbell | The Baltimore Sun

Two men were shot, one of them fatally, Thursday evening in East Baltimore, ending a stretch of a week without a murder in the city.

Police responded to the 5400 block of Bucknell Road in the Cedonia neighborhood at 8:04 p.m. to find a man shot in the face and right forearm. He was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m., police said. Friends of the victim said he was 22. They sobbed as, one by one, they saw his bicycle lying where he'd been gunned down, surrounded by groceries they said he had just bought. The alley, between the back of a row of homes and a playground, was cordoned off as detectives went door-to-door looking for information.

A half hour later, roughly three miles north, police were called to the corner of Sefton and Fleetwood avenues in the Westfield neighborhood, where a man was found shot in the head and chest. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. Fleetwood neighbors gathered in their front yards as floodlights from a police truck lit up their street. Broken glass littered the pavement next to a red sedan with a shattered driver's side window. The neighbors said they recognized the car detectives were peering into, but they didn't think it belonged to anyone on their block.

Homicide detectives are investigating both shootings, and anyone with information in either may call 410-396-2100.

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