Baltimore City

Man fatally shot in head in Penrose neighborhood

City police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon on Fayette Street in West Baltimore.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the head at about 3:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of West Fayette St., less than a block from Bon Secours Hospital. Police did not release the man's identity.


Traffic was still being diverted off Fayette to North Pulaski Street almost two hours later, while police knocked on doors collecting information. While some looked on from a nearby bus stop by the hospital, others strolled by the yellow police tape to peer down the street.

Residents within the taped-off block sat with their heads in their hands as an officer snapped photos of the crime scene that appeared to be on the north sidewalk between two trees.


As diverted cars rolled past Wilbur Keeton's front door, he said, "I'm used to it. I shouldn't say that, but "I'm used to it."

The 59-year-old city native said he grew up several blocks away in the 1950s, but he spent much of his adult life in Catonsville. He returned to the Penrose neighborhood after losing his suburban home several years ago.

"The neighborhood has changed so much," he said, saying that neighbors are less involved, less social. He said he normally does not stay outside, saying drug dealers had regularly perched on the neighboring homes' front steps.

"Things have changed," he said.