Arbutus Big Red running back Travis Spencer celebrates a touchdown in a July 2011 victory
(Photo by Noah Scialom)

City police have identified a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot Friday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore.

Travis Spencer was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 4400 block of Park Heights Ave. at about 3:15 p.m. Friday. Detectives believe the shooting actually occurred around the corner, in the 2700 block of W. Coldspring Lane.


Spencer, who according to court records had lived in North Baltimore's Woodbourne Heights neighborhood, was transported to Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to postings from friends on Facebook, Spencer, who was known as "Trey," had played running back for a semi-pro football team called the Arbutus Big Red, which after his death posted an image of Spencer's uniform number, 9, over a red ribbon on their Facebook page. They reminisced about his hard-charging style: "He would always tell Coach Giles 'I'm too strong for em coach, too strong,'" one former teammate wrote. 

"I know he is scoring touchdowns in heaven and telling his opposition "I'm too strong for you!" another wrote.

Police didn't release a motive or suspects, but court records show he was on probation for a 2008 armed robbery and burglary conviction that resulted in a 15-year suspended prison sentence. Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100; callers can remain anonymous.

A 27-year-old man was also found shot in the back early Saturday morning in Baltimore, The Sun's Nicole Fuller reported.

Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 800 block of N. Curley Street at 2:31 a.m. The man, who has not been identified was suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. He was transported to an area hospital.