Four people were shot — including one by a city police officer — Wednesday night and Thursday morning in Baltimore, according to police.

The police-involved shooting occurred about 12:20 a.m. Thursday when patrol officers were called to the 1500 block of E. Lanvale St. in the Oliver neighborhood for a report of an armed person. Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said the man reached into his waistband for what officers believed was a weapon, and one of the officers fired a shot that missed.

The man fled, but about a block away encountered another officer who had heard the gunshot and fired once at the suspect, striking him in the leg, Guglielmi said.

The 25-year-old suspect, who was not identified, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening, police said. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the scene, and homicide detectives were investigating the case, which is routine in all police-involved shootings.

In accordance with department policy, the officer's police powers have been suspended pending the investigation. The department typically does not identify officers involved in shootings until 48 hours have passed.

City police have shot 14 people this year, the same number as in all of 2011. Eight of the people shot this year have died. Thursday morning's police shooting was the first this year in the Eastern District, which has experienced the most shootings and homicides in the city.

Earlier Wednesday night, two men were shot to death and a third was seriously injured in three separate shootings that all occurred within an hour in three westside neighborhoods.

A 19-year-old man was found at 9 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Fulton Ave. in the Franklin Square neighborhood. Police said he stepped outside of a friend's home and was shot in the chest. The victim, who was not identified pending notification of his next of kin, died at 9:54 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire in Harlem Park shortly before 10 p.m. found an unidentified man lying on the ground in the 1800 block of W. Lanvale St. He died of multiple gunshot wounds about 11:30 p.m. at Shock Trauma. Police didn't release additional details.

Police were also investigating a nonfatal shooting that was reported at 9:05 p.m. in Howard Park. Reports of an aggravated assault brought officers to the 4700 block of Liberty Heights Ave., where they found an 18-year-old man lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot in the chest and legs and was being treated at an area hospital.

As of Thursday, 169 people have been killed in Baltimore in 2012, 10 more than at this time last year.

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