Two men were killed and four others were wounded during a spate of violence across Baltimore Tuesday and Wednesday, as police in Northwest Baltimore sought to quell recent drug-related attacks there.
The most recent homicide occurred Wednesday afternoon, when a man was shot in the head in the doorway of a carryout in the 1400 block of E. Fayette St., in East Baltimore's Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood between downtown and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The shooting occurred during rush hour, closing off a main artery out of the city as police investigated. The victim, who was not identified, died of his wounds.
Hours earlier, at 12:55 a.m., police were called to the 2200 block of Garrison Blvd. in West Baltimore's Mount Holly neighborhood, where a 45-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Sinai Hospital, and police were working to notify his next of kin.
That shooting occurred a few miles south of the Glen neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, where four people have died in gun violence in the past week.
Maj. Johnny Delgado, speaking to residents at the Northwest District Police Community Relations Council meeting Tuesday night, said some recent shootings in the district — including one incident Sunday in which two men were killed — were believed to be "drug turf wars" and retaliatory violence.
Another shooting killed 38-year-old Keith Parker, and Delgado said police were exploring whether Parker was a "hack" — an illegal taxi driver — killed during a robbery.
Wearing a bulletproof vest under his white commander's uniform, Delgado said he had been out all day as officers served warrants and raided homes, and he assured residents that officers were going after those they believe are involved in the disputes.
"We're taking the gloves off — we're out in full force," Delgado said. "We've had a phenomenal year this year. These past few weeks, things went crazy."
Police were also investigating several other shootings. Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday a man was shot in the chest in the 1800 block of E. 32nd St.; no details were immediately available. A 31-year-old man was listed in critical condition after being shot several times Tuesday night in the 2900 block of McElderry St., in the Ellwood Park neighborhood.
And two men were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot about 9 p.m. Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore's Belair Edison community. One of the victims told police that they were sitting on a front porch in the 3400 block of Elmley Ave. when two gunmen approached from the direction of Belair Road and fired four or five rounds. The victims, ages 23 and 20, were treated for injuries to their right hip and left side, respectively, at area hospitals.