3 shootings raise city's 2009 homicide toll to 26

The Baltimore Sun

City homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shootings of three men whose bodies were found yesterday in separate locations in the city and appear to be unrelated. Their names were withheld pending notification of family members. Police said no arrests had been made.

Shortly before 3 a.m., police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1700 block of N. Washington St. in the Broadway East neighborhood and found a 22-year-old man bleeding from a bullet wound to the head. Police said the man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.

About 1:45 p.m., police were on patrol along the Gwynns Falls Trail near the 4500 block of Franklintown Road when they noticed the door of a stone-front building with two separate bathrooms cracked open and a man's feet sticking out. Police said the man had been shot in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crew of a police helicopter flew overhead as officers secured the scene, eventually closing a nearly two-mile swath that cuts through Gwynns Falls Park and Leakin Park before rush hour.

Detective Nicole Monroe, a Police Department spokeswoman, said officers had been in the area of the bathroom a few hours earlier and the body was not there. The body was found at the trail's Winans Meadow stop, where a Web site for the trail says a 300-person picnic pavilion, amphitheater and restrooms were recently constructed. That stop is roughly in the center of the 1,200-acre park.

Yesterday's third homicide occurred on a street in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood. About 4 p.m., police responded to the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. and found a man shot in the head. He died a short time later.

The three deaths brought to 26 the number of homicides in the city so far this year, compared with 16 at the same time last year, police said.

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