8 men shot in city in 4 unrelated incidents

Eight men were shot, two fatally, in four apparently unrelated incidents last night and this morning in the city.

One man was killed at a West Baltimore intersection; four were shot in an incident in East Baltimore, one of them fatally; two others were shot at a Northwest Baltimore gas station; and another person walked into a hospital and said he had been wounded.

No arrests had been made in any of the incidents, and the men's names were being withheld pending notification of family members.

The latest fatal shooting occurred about 9:40 p.m. at Baker and Mount streets in West Baltimore, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

About an hour earlier, two men were shot in the legs at a gas station at Park Heights Avenue and West Northern Parkway about 8:30 p.m. and were taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital. They were expected to survive.

In the quadruple shooting in which one man died, police were seeking a gunman, perhaps two, who shot the four men shortly before 6 p.m. while the victims stood outside AFA Family Appliances in the 2300 block of E. North Ave.

One or two gunmen approached and began shooting, Harris said. One victim ran into the store and was found there by police. The other men ran in different directions as shots continued to be fired at them, Harris said. Hours later, one of the victims, a 53-year-old man who had been shot in the face and body, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Two of the other men shot were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and a third to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The conditions of the three were unavailable.

At least 21 shell casings littered the pavement along the east side of the store for about 30 feet, suggesting that the victims were being fired at while they ran, police said.

The bloody clothing and tennis shoes of one victim, as well as first-aid equipment used by medics to treat him, remained on the street near the store. The passenger window of a late-model van parked next to the store on Port Street was shattered by at least one bullet. The vehicle was towed to the Eastern District station as evidence.

Early today, about 12:45 a.m., Eastern District officers were called to the 400 block of E. North Ave. for a report of a shooting. Police said officers could not find a victim.

While investigating, officers were notified that a shooting victim had checked into Mercy Hospital who claimed to have been shot at East North Avenue and Belair Road. The 31-year-old victim fit the description of the man who was reportedly shot in the 400 block of E. North Ave., police said, even though the locations are more than a mile apart. Police could not immediately explain the discrepancy.

Police said the victim had been shot in his upper back and suffered serious injuries that required him to be transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, police said. He remained in critical condition this morning, police said.

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