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Police investigating E. Baltimore homicide; arrest 2 suspects in past murder

Baltimore police are investigating the shooting death of a man in East Baltimore early Thursday.

Responding to a shooting in the 600 block of Cokesbury Ave. in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood at 12:39 a.m., police said they found a man with gunshot wounds. Paramedics took him to an area hospital but he was pronounced dead Thursday morning, police said.

Police have no suspects or motives and did not release the victim's identity.

The murder was Baltimore's 71st homicide this year, following the shooting death of Dominic Hicks, 19, whose identity police released on Thursday. Hicks, who lived in the 1200 block of Cochran Ave., was killed in his neighborhood of Woodbourne Heights in the 1200 block of Walters Ave., police said.

His murder remains under investigation.

Baltimore detectives closed a homicide case from early last month, police announced Thursday. They charged Christopher Bell, 30, who lived in the 2000 block of Ramsey St., and Jeffrey Bolton, 29, who lived in the 1700 block of Bentalou St., with first-degree murder. Police accuse them as suspects in the shooting death of Mark Dukes, 32, in the 300 block of S. Payson St. in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood.

At 1:59 a.m., on April 8 police responded to the 300 block of Payson St., where they found Dukes lying in a first floor hallway with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma.

"The investigation revealed the victim had a verbal argument with the suspects inside the location at which time the suspects fired at the victim inside the dwelling," police spokesman Det. Vernon Davis said.

Bell was arrested at his home on Wednesday while police said they found Bolton in the 200 block of W. 29th St.

No attorney was listed in court records for Bolton or Bell. A working phone number could not be found that corresponded with Bell's home.

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