A 27-year-old man was found shot dead Monday inside a West Baltimore home — on the same block where an 18-year-old woman was killed in a triple shooting last week, city police said.
The shooting occurred in the 800 block of Appleton St., where a week earlier 18-year-old Taylor Davis was killed and two men, ages 20 and 25, were injured in a shooting.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said detectives are working to determine whether the two incidents are connected.
“Our investigators are working with crime analysts to answer questions just like that,” he said at the scene, where he visited shortly after the shooting was reported.
No arrests have been made.
“What we need right now is for anyone who would’ve been standing out here who heard something, knows something, please call us right now and help us identify who would’ve done this so we could hold those people accountable,” Harrison said.
Officers found the man face down inside a rowhouse, suffering from gunshot wounds, he said. Investigators located evidence inside and outside the house.
As he spoke, police crime scene technicians were taking pictures in the street.
Harrison said members of the department spoke to some of the man’s family at the scene but he did not release the man’s name. It’s not clear whether the man lived at the home where he was found.
Harrison said there was a ShotSpotter notification in the area for a shooting, but that sheriff’s deputies were flagged down by someone in the area.
“There were a number of calls in the area. Our officers were in the area on other calls, but what we know right now is that sheriff’s deputies were flagged down by individuals in this part of the block,” he said.
Harrison said there will be increased visibility and increased deployment of officers in the area. He said he’s also asking officers to be proactive.
“It speaks to a level of violence that exists because of the availability of guns, poor or no consequences that make people choose to use these guns, and we have to work to work to change people’s mind about committing crime. … They’re doing it because they think they can,” he said.
Shootings and homicides are up so far this year. There have been 16 homicides in March, up from seven last year. Overall, homicides are up 25 percent, and nonfatal shootings are up 35 percent.
Less than half an hour after the shooting on Appleton Street, police were called to a local hospital where a 49-year-old man was brought in by medics for treatment.
Police said the man was being treated for shooting and stab wounds. He was picked up by medics in the 5100 block of Litchfield Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.
The level of violence in the city, “it’s concerning for all of us. It’s unacceptable,” Harrison said.
Around 4:42 p.m., police said, a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 2600 block of E. Chase St. in East Baltimore. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Tips can also be texted to 443-902-4824.