Baltimore reaches 31 homicides in July

The Baltimore Sun
Two people died Monday night in Baltimore, continuing this weekend's stretch of violence.

A man was shot to death in West Baltimore on Tuesday in the city's 31st homicide victim this month.

The man was shot about 10:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd., north of Gwynns Falls Park, police said. Police identified the victim as Earl Redd, 23, of Homeland on Wednesday.

Before the spike in violence that began last year, the city had not recorded 30 homicides in a month since the 1990s. There were five such months last year. July is the first such month this year.

The city suffered its 29th and 30th homicides of July on Monday night.

Taymen Brown, 22, was shot in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, where he lived, police said. He was shot about 11:25 p.m. in the 1500 block of Leslie St., police said, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Dwayne Hall, 24, was shot in the head in the 1000 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in South Baltimore, police said. Hall lived in the 100 block of N. Potomac St. in Patterson Park.

Police said officers were called to East Patapsco Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Hall was taken to a hospital in critical condition before he died.

Five other people were wounded by gunfire Monday.

The killings followed a violent weekend in which 12 people were shot and three were killed.

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