The first person shot in Baltimore in 2012 was a 13-year-old boy who was wounded Sunday night in the Wilson Park neighborhood in the north part of the city, according to a police spokesman. A second person was shot with a pellet gun hours later in an unrelated in Southeast Baltimore.
Police said the young teenager was shot multiple times in the body and hand. Few details were available, but authorities said it occurred about 7 p.m. in the 800 block of Oakland Ave., near York Road. The boy was taken to an area hospital where police said he is recovering from his injuries.
No arrests have been made in the case and a police spokesman said no motive is yet known.
Later Sunday, about 9:45 p.m., police said a man was shot in the head with a pellet gun in the 500 block of North Ellwood Ave., in the Ellwood Park neighborhood. Police said the man's injuries were not serious. Because a pellet gun was used, police said they do not classify this as a shooting statistic.
Baltimore in 2011 recorded 196 killings, the first time the city was under 200 in three decades. The city had 221 killings in 2010. Baltimore has not recorded a homicide since Thursday, Dec. 29, when a 31-year-old man was shot and killed inside a home in West Baltimore.
Police on Sunday also reported a number of gun arrests from New Year's Eve and into Sunday.
A 59-year-old man was arrested after police said they saw him shooting in the air shortly after midnight on New Year's in the 3700 block of Ravenwood Ave. in Belair-Edison. Two men were arrested Sunday during a car stop in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello in which an officer said he found a loaded handgun in the car.
And in East Baltimore, police said they arrested three men with a loaded gun in the 800 block of Bradford St.