City's first homicides of 2017 are in West Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore police are investigating the first homicide of 2017 after reporting 318 in 2016.

Two men were shot and killed in separate incidents in West Baltimore Sunday, the first homicides in the city in 2017. One shooting took place in the same block as the Western District police station.

Officers were on patrol about 3:15 p.m. when they heard gunshots from the 1800 block of W. Fayette Street in the Franklin Square neighborhood. There they found a man with a wound to his upper body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday, police identified the victim as Sheamon Pearlie, 20, of the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road.

About 5:30 p.m., an officer was outside in the 1000 block of N. Mount Street, in the same block as the Western District police station, and heard gunshots. He saw a man armed with a gun. but the suspect eluded police.

The victim, found inside car, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Anyone with information about the homicides is asked to call police at 410-396-2100.

Police reported that 318 people were killed in Baltimore in 2016.

Two men were wounded in shootings Sunday in Southwest Baltimore.

Police responded at 1:45 a.m. to the 700 block of Yale Ave. in the Yale Heights neighborhood, where one man was found. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

At 5:25 p.m., another man was found shot in the stomach in the 4700 block of Frederick Avenue. He, too, was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police believe he was shot in the 300 block of S. Beechfield Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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