By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun
4:50 PM EDT, April 13, 2013
A 29-year-old woman was shot in Baltimore's Penrose/Fayette Street Outreach neighborhood at 1 a.m., police said.
The woman, who has not been identified, was standing in the 2100 block of Vine St. and told officers that she had head gunfire and then realized she had been shot, according to police. She was taken by a medic to a local hospital.
The shooting capped an unusually torrid and violent week that left eight people wounded by gunfire overnight on Wednesday. Friday saw a woman, who police have yet to identifiy, killed by gunshots and two other people wounded.
Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner John Skinner said at a meeting of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee this week that the city was making progress on violent crime so far this year.
"If you combine the homicide and non-fatal shooting number together we are actually lower than the past three years and we think that's significant," he said.
Skinner pointed to statistics showing that gun arrests and seizures are up and most violent crimes are down, but acknowledged a spike in killings in the Western district.
"We are absolutely focused on the homicide number," he said.
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