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Five shot Thursday as violence in west Baltimore surges

West side sees more gun violence.

Gun violence continued to surge on Baltimore's west side on Thursday, with at least five people reported shot in three separate incidents.

Since the National Guard and outside law enforcement agencies were deployed to certain areas of the city in response to Monday's unrest, the city has seen six homicides. Protests have been peaceful, but unrelated gun violence has spiked.

A police spokesman said the Northwestern District had been placed on tactical alert due to the violence.

Thursday's violence began at noon. Officers were called to the 800 block of McKean Ave. shortly after noon and found a 22-year-old man shot in the head and a 23-year-old man shot in the stomach.

The man who was shot in the head died at a local hospital, while the man shot in the stomach was being treated.

Police could not provide any information about a possible motive or suspect.

Around 6 p.m., two men were reported shot in the 3800 block of W. Garrison Ave. in the Dorchester neighborhood. Police said a 19-year-old man was shot in the neck and a 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen; both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Police said district detectives were investigating.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the back in the 1000 block of Mosher St., in Sandtown-Winchester, at about 8:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, media had flooded the area after police disclosed that the van carrying Freddie Gray had made a previously-unknown stop there.

Also Thursday, police identified two men who were fatally shot Wednesday:

•Andre Hunt, 28, of the 600 block of Woodgreen Circle was fatally shot in the 3800 block of Liberty Heights Ave.

•Davon William Johnson, 26, was killed in the 500 block of Edgewood St. He lived in the block, police said.

Anyone with information about the homicides asked to call police at 410-396-2100

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Sun reporter Pamela Wood contributed to this article

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