Man shot in the head in first killing this month

29-year-old shot in head in first homicide of the month

A 29-year-old was shot in the head on Cole Street in the city's first homicide in August, Baltimore police said.

Officers were called to the 1600 block of Cole Street in the New Southwest/Mount Claire neighborhood at about 12:20 a.m. where they found the man, who died despite medical efforts to revive him at the scene.

The incident came after 45 people were killed in July, the deadliest month in the city in at least 45 years. July's total surpassed the 42 homicides in May and tied the previous record monthly homicide count in August 1972, when the city had about 275,000 more residents.

The city has seen a surge of violence since Freddie Gray died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van.

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