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Triple shooting leaves two dead and one critical

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Two men were killed and an unidentified woman was critically wounded in a shooting late Wednesday in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Police said officers were first called to the 600 block of Linnard St. about 9 p.m. for reports of shots fired but did not find anything suspicious. Later, around midnight, officers received a call from a man who said he was inside a home where people had been shot.

When police arrived, the caller was gone and officers found the victims inside.

The men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening wounds, police said. None of the victims has been identified, and police have not released any information about their relationship.

Jean Allen, 72, president of the Edgewood Neighborhood Association, said she believed that the two dead men were brothers and that she was familiar with one who lived in the house. She did not know his full name.

Allen added that her granddaughter said she had gone to school with the other brother.

Late Thursday morning, a group of women gathered on the steps of the house where the shooting occurred said they didn't want to comment. A police car was parked up the hill from the house.

Neighbors gathered on other porches and along the sidewalk said they were unsure about what happened and did not want to comment.

Police did not give a motive but spokesman Donny Moses said the home was "known to law enforcement" for recent complaints, which he declined to characterize. "We're just trying to figure out whether or not some of that recent activity has anything to do with this triple shooting," Moses said.

Allen used to live in the house where the shooting took place but moved up the street a few years ago. It has since been converted into a rooming house. She said she wasn't familiar with anything happening inside.

"I never got into his personal business," Allen said of the man who was killed.

A spate of shootings in the Southwest District in late July and early August led acting Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale to reassign the district's commanders to other positions.

The district has seen the second-highest number of killings in the city's nine police districts this year, with 20. Only the Eastern District has seen more, with 22.

Allen said she has been asking the city to install a surveillance camera on the block. That way, she said, no one would need to testify if a crime takes place.

Baltimore Sun reporter Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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