Man, 24, shot in West Baltimore block that saw homicide last week

A man was shot and gravely injured Monday in the same West Baltimore block where another was killed last week.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the head and torso and gravely injured Monday night in the same West Baltimore block where another man had been killed less than a week before, police said.

It was also the second shooting Monday night in less than a half hour, and earlier in the day an 18-year-old was shot in the chest just blocks away on W. North Avenue, near the epicenter of the April riots.

A mattress lay in the street and rats roamed freely in the dark on the two blocks that comprise Clendenin Street, where nearby officers responded to gunshots at 7:24 p.m. The victim was listed in grave condition, police said.

The man killed in the shooting in the same block last Wednesday was identified Monday as Jefferson Bolden, 34, of Central Park Heights. Police said they are investigating any connection between the two shootings, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.

Homicide detectives surveyed the corner of Clendenin and Druid Hill Avenue, where crime scene technicians placed several evidence markers on the street and the sidewalk. Residents looked on quietly from their stoops.

In the other shooting, earlier Monday night in Southwest Baltimore, a 21-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot multiple times in the back, police said.

Officers were called at 6:55 p.m. to the 1800 block of Poplar Grove St., where they found the victim. Anyone with information may call Southwestern District detectives at 410-396-2488.

Neither victim in Monday night's shootings was identified, nor were any motives or suspects.

Another person was shot Monday night in Southwest Baltimore by a police officer after police received a call for gunfire and stopped their vehicle. The suspect reversed his vehicle at a high speed and struck the marked patrol car, trapping an officer, police said.

The officer shot the suspect in the face, police said. The incident was nonfatal, and the officer sustained minor injuries, police said. Two others were arrested for disorderly conduct and hindering police.

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