Two men were killed within 45 minutes of each other and two blocks apart in an East Baltimore neighborhood late Tuesday and early yesterday -- shootings so close that detectives called to the scene of the first incident heard the gunshots fired in the second case, authorities said.
Police said they had one suspect in custody and that he was being considered "a person of interest" in the latest killing. Police said they are investigating whether the two shootings are related.
The slayings pushed the city's homicide toll to 193 for the year. Last year, 167 people had been killed during the same period, police said. If the pace continues, the city could record 322 homicides this year. The last time Baltimore had 300 or more killings was 1999.
The first shooting occurred about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of N. Milton Ave. Police said one man was found in that block with gunshot wounds to his chest and head. He was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A second victim in that shooting, a 27-year-old man whose name was not released, was found in an alley behind Milton Avenue. Police said he had been shot in the abdomen and left foot, and he was treated at Hopkins.
Shortly after midnight, police were called to the 2300 block of E. Oliver St., where they said they found an unidentified man with gunshot wounds to his upper body. He also was taken to Hopkins, where he was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m.