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Man shot to death in West Baltimore as city nears 300 homicides

Man killed in West Baltimore shooting.

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in the Penn-North area of West Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 3:45 p.m., at the intersection of North Fulton and Woodbrook avenues.

As officers manned a border of police tape around the intersection, detectives milled around at least 10 evidence markers scattered on the sidewalk around a small pool of blood — across the street from Westside Elementary School.

A distraught young man ran to the scene and asked a detective for more information about the victim, who he believed to be his friend. Minutes later, a woman came running down the street crying and asking for her son. Detectives tried to calm her, then directed her to a nearby hospital.

Police on Thursday also identified the victim as 25-year-old Darryl Whitehead of the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue.

About 5:15 p.m. the scene had been cleared — the sidewalk hosed off, the tape taken down, and the officers all departed.

It is the 288th homicide this year, putting the city well on pace to reach 300 homicides for the first time since the 1990s.

Two other people were shot in Northwest Baltimore later Wednesday night, police said.

Just before 8 p.m., a man was shot in the 3700 block of Lucille Avenue near Lucille Park, police said.

About an hour and a half later, another man was shot in the 2900 block of Ulman Ave. in Park Circle, police said.

Both were taken to hospitals for treatment; their conditions were not released, nor were the circumstances of the shootings.

On Wednesday, police confirmed that two other recent shooting victims had died and identified a man fatally shot Tuesday night:

-Quantaz Christian, 22, was identified as the man fatally shot in the 800 block of Lyndhurst St.

-Another man shot a short time later Tuesday in the 1900 block of Parksley Ave. died from his injuries, police said. He was not immediately identified.

-Police also said that Earl Keith Burton, 31, who was shot Oct. 31 in the 1100 block of Laurens St., had died from his injuries.

Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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