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Stolen vehicle strikes cruiser; officer hurt

A Baltimore police officer was injured early yesterday after a man driving a stolen vehicle sped through a stop sign and hit the officer's cruiser in West Baltimore, police said.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said the Western District officer was heading north on North Fulton Avenue about 12:30 a.m. He said the driver of a stolen 1992 white Nissan Pathfinder was going east on Clifton Avenue when the vehicle went through the stop sign and hit the cruiser's left rear passenger door.

Both cars then struck a third vehicle and crashed into the wall of a house in the 2000 block of N. Fulton Ave., Harris said. The spokesman said the stolen car was not being chased by police and that the accident was a coincidence.

The officer suffered cuts to his face and neck and was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Harris said. The driver of the stolen vehicle was also treated for minor injuries at the trauma center, he said.

Police reported that the Pathfinder was stolen shortly before midnight June 30 from the 4400 block of Anntana Ave., in Northeast Baltimore. A man forced the male driver and female passenger out of the vehicle at gunpoint, and then sped away.

Harris declined to release the name of the officer or the driver of the stolen vehicle because of the police investigation. Charges had not been filed in connection with this morning's accident or in the carjacking incident last month, he said.

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Man, teen shot on front steps

A teenage boy and a man were injured by someone who walked up and shot at them early yesterday morning as they sat on the front steps of a rowhouse in Southwest Baltimore, city police said.

About 1:30 a.m., police officers responded to reports of a double shooting in the 2600 block of Dulany St. in the Mill Hill neighborhood. Officers found a 23-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, both wounded, on the rowhouse steps, police said.

Each had been shot several times, police said. The man was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The boy was in Johns Hopkins Hospital with injuries that were considered not life-threatening, police said.

So far this year, 165 people have died in homicides - 27 more than last year at this date, according to police statistics.

The pace of homicides has quickened since May, with the city averaging about one per day, police statistics show. For the first time this decade, the city is on a pace to surpass 300 homicides by the end of the year.

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