Two killed in separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday

Baltimore sees 275th and 276th homicides of 2016 — both fatal shootings

Two men were killed in separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday, police said Friday.

The two fatal shootings marked the 275th and 276th homicides in Baltimore this year.

About 4:45 p.m., police were called to the 1000 block of Homewood Avenue in East Baltimore and located a 29-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was transferred to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police said.

Police did not immediately identify the man, pending the notification of his family.

About 10:32 p.m., police were called to the 3400 block of Milford Avenue in Northwest Baltimore and found 23-year-old Devin Colton suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Colton was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.

The city is on pace to pass 300 homicides this year for only the second time since the 1990s. Following a huge spike in killings, the city saw 344 homicides in 2015 — a per capita record.

Through Nov. 12, homicides this year were 9 percent below last year's pace, but non-fatal shootings were up 5 percent. There had been 815 total shootings in the city, the same exact number as the same time last year.

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