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City's homicide rate hits one a day for '07

Baltimore's homicide rate reached one a day for the new year with the death of an unidentified man who was shot on a westside street early yesterday, city police reported.

The latest victim, believed to be in his mid-30s, was found about 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Madison Avenue and Bloom Street by Central District officers responding to a report that a man had been shot. He was lying in the street bleeding from bullet wounds to the head and chest, and he died shortly after 10 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

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Although no homicides were reported on nine days this month, the other 15 days have accounted for the 24 killings this year, according to police.

The names of three of those victims, killed this week, were released by police yesterday. They are:

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Tio Floyd of the 3100 block of Cliftmont Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, who was shot about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of E. Biddle St. and pronounced dead a half-hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ronald Lewis, 34, of the 500 block of Dolphin St., who was shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday during an argument at the McCulloh Homes complex in West Baltimore. He was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma about an hour later.

David Thomas, 31, of the 4100 block of Bexhill Road in Woodlawn, who was found shot about 8 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Brighton St. in the Rosemont neighborhood and pronounced dead at Shock Trauma.


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