Two men were killed in shootings about two miles and a few hours apart in Northwest Baltimore Monday evening, continuing a bloody start to 2014 that has seen eight killings in the first six days.
Around 7:48 p.m., a man was shot in the city's Greenspring neighborhood, police said. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police initially reported the location of the shooting as in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road but on Tuesday said investigators believe the original crime scene was located in the 3000 block of Oakford Ave. Police have no suspects in the shooting and have not identified the man killed.
Around 4:30 p.m., another man was shot in a minivan a few miles away, in Forest Park, police said.
After driving off the road and crashing into a tree on West Forest Park Drive, the victim, Jonathan Terry, 28, ran to a nearby field in the 3600 block of Liberty Heights Ave., in Ashburton, where he collapsed, police said. Terry was taken to an area hospital, where he later died from a gunshot wound.
Homicide detectives combed the litter-laden field, in an empty lot between Forrest Hill Apartments and Ashburton Dental Associates, with a metal detector Monday night. One officer knocked on doors, talking to residents in the adjacent Forest Hill complex.
Police said Terry's last known address was in the 1600 block of Barrington Road.
Anyone with information in either shooting may call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100.
Frank M. Conaway Sr., Baltimore's longtime clerk of courts, lives near the crime scene and said it seemed like his neighborhood of Ashburton has been seeing more crime. But he said the wider increase in shootings and homicides across the city has him more concerned.
"We're not being picked on here. It seems like it's happening all over the city," Conaway said. "The police commissioner says crime is down, but the homicides, that isn't going down at all. The other crimes pale in the face of homicides. We've got to do something to get these homicides down."
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton and Justin George contributed to this report.