By Yvonne Wenger and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun
7:22 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
Four men were shot in locations across Baltimore early Saturday, police said, including a double shooting in the Druid Heights neighborhood that continued a violent start to September.
Around 2:30 a.m., officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds in the 300 block of Gold Street, which was mostly composed of row homes where residents walked briskly in the rain Saturday, many declining to offer any details on the recent violence that has plagued their neighborhood.
The Druid Heights shootings left Maurice McCoy, 28, dead, said Detective Jeremy Silbert. McCoy was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma at 3:19 a.m. The second victim, whom police identified only as a 26-year-old man, was shot in the lower body and is expected to survive, he said.
Also on Saturday, a man was shot multiple times in the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle North in the Parklane neighborhood.
Officers arrived at 1:56 a.m., and the victim was transported to an area hospital. Another man walked into an area hospital for treatment at 5:24 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The victim told police he was shot in the 1800 block of Orleans Street in the Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood.
Police said that the recent spate of shootings points to the need for continued emphasis on getting illegal guns, and those who use them in acts of violence, off the streets.
Over Labor Day Weekend, 16 people were shot and six killed. One of the victims was 22-year-old Larelle Amos, a mother who was shot by a stray bullet while she cleaned up after a family party. In response to the shootings, police said they increased their presence in East and Northeast Baltimore, where the shootings occurred.
"The recent incidents of violence over the last week underscore why we must continue to invest in our strategy of targeting gun offenders," said Anthony Guglielmi, city police spokesman.
"In several of these cases, our victims have had prior histories with law enforcement and we suspect that petty neighborhood disputes and turf battles are being settled with gun violence."
Druid Heights — which Guglielmi said would also see an increased police prescence following the double-shooting — has been the site of multiple shootings this year, including one that involved a 9-year-old boy who was caught in crossfire on Aug. 20. The child is recovering. Donte White, 23, was charged in the shooting.
Guglielmi said that police "are making decent progress in some of the cases over the last two weeks," and working through possible motives for the shootings.
"What will help us move the dial forward is continued cooperation from the community and ground-level intelligence on what's behind the shootings," he said. We're working hard to gather that."
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