Two men were fatally shot Thursday night, marking seven homicides in Baltimore since Monday. Police also said the death of a 2-year-old girl, initially believed to be a playground accident, has been ruled a homicide.
Thursday's first killing was reported to police about 11:10 p.m. A man was found lying in the alley in the rear of the 5000 block of Queensberry Ave. in Northwest Baltimore's Central Park Heights neighborhood, just south of Pimlico Race Course. He had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead a short time later.
About 11:50 p.m., police were called to the 5300 block of Goodnow Road in Northeast Baltimore's Frankford neighborhood for a report of a shooting and found a man in a parking lot near a shopping center. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died at 12:29 a.m.
After a week with homicides, seven people were killed in Baltimore between Monday and Thursday.
Police did not identify either victim from Thursday's incidents. No possible motives were provided. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2100.
Police also said that on Thursday, the May death of 2-year-old London Clayborne was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma. In a news release, police said patrol officers were flagged down May 5 by London's mother in the 2900 block of Denham Circle South in Cherry Hill, and police were told that the child had suffered an injury on the playground. She was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.
London's death was classified as a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, but police declined to say what led investigators to that conclusion. They did not disclose any suspects.
On an obituary posted on the website of March Funeral Homes, family members wrote that London "touched everyone with her singing, dancing, and smiles." "Beyonce don't have nothing on London," the obituary read.
For the year, homicides remain down 11 percent compared to the same period last year.
The Northwestern District, where the Queensberry Avenue homicide occurred, has seen the most killings of any of the city's nine police districts, with 19.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun