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Five men killed so far in first week of 2017 in Baltimore

2017's deadly start in Baltimore: 5 already dead in as many days

A man shot during a home invasion along Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore on Wednesday has died, Baltimore Police said Thursday — making him the fifth homicide victim in a particularly violent start to the new year.

Police officers found Timothy Stephens, 32, with a gunshot wound to the torso about 8:32 p.m. after responding to an apartment in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, in the city's Heritage Crossing neighborhood of Central Baltimore, police said.

He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

On Tuesday, two men were killed in the city in separate incidents.

Davonte Jackson, 24, was killed in a double shooting Tuesday that also injured a second 24-year-old man about 11:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Bentalou Street in the Coppin Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore. Jackson, who was shot in the abdomen, and the second man had both arrived at a local hospital for treatment.

Jamal Washington, 38, died after being shot in the head Monday about 6:10 p.m. in the 3600 block of South Hanover Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Baltimore. He died at a local hospital on Tuesday.

Police said an investigation showed that Washington was standing on the block when a male suspect walked out of an alley and shot him, before fleeing back into the alley.

Two men — James Williams, 33, and Sheamon Perlie, 20 — were killed in separate shootings in West Baltimore on New Year's Day.

The five killings so far in 2017 continue a near-daily pace of death that existed throughout much of 2016 in Baltimore, and mark a particularly violent beginning to the new year.

Last year — which ended with 318 homicides and was, per capita, the second-deadliest year on record in the city after 2015 — began with 14 homicides in all of January.

Anyone with information about the killings is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100, or text a tip to 443-902-4824. They can also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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