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10 people shot, one killed, in three separate incidents across Baltimore on a violent Tuesday

Ten people were shot in Baltimore on Tuesday in three separate incidents that left one man dead and more than 60 shell casings on the ground in one neighborhood.

A gunman opened fire in the middle of an East Baltimore street midday Tuesday — firing more than 60 rounds — killing one man and injuring three other people, Baltimore Police said.

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The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in the 700 block of North Rose Street, at Monument Street. A gunman entered the block armed with an assault rifle, fired about 60 rounds before fleeing into an alley and escaping, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.

A 25-year-old man, Chone Cummings; a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were located injured at the scene. They were taken to a local hospital, where Cummings died, police said.

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While on the scene, officers were told that a fourth victim, a 40-year-old man, was connected to the shooting and also receiving treatment at an area hospital.

Hours later, at about 9 p.m., Northwest District patrol officers were sent to the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue for a shooting.

Once officers arrived in the Towanda-Grantley neighborhood, they found three male victims suffering from gunshot wounds to their extremities. Police said they were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Shortly afterward, two other victims were also found at area hospitals seeking treatment.

Around 10:30 p.m., officers responded to East Baltimore in the 1900 block of Belair Road for a shooting.

Officers found a man who was shot in the left thigh. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.

Harrison said the brazen daytime shooting showed “no regard for human life,” but also “no regard to operate under the cloak of darkness and concealment. ... It speaks to the brazenness, but it’s also cowardice. It speaks to [the suspect’s] devaluing of human life and shooting indiscriminately down the street, hitting anyone and everyone,” he said.

Shantay Jackson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement in Baltimore, said the “trauma is multiplied” from the shooting with four victims.

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Earlier this year, police reported an increase in shootings involving multiple victims. In March, Harrison told City Council members that there have been four quadruple shootings this year, compared with none at this time last year.

In response to Tuesday’s shooting, Jackson said the office will lead its first-ever “coordinated neighborhood stabilization response,” which will bring the office, other city agencies, and community-based organizations “to be out in this community in droves to provide resources, to provide a stabilization-effect, to make sure folks know we are not tolerating gun violence anymore.”

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Jackson said the response will include additional outreach efforts by Safe Streets, which employs individuals with past criminal convictions to work to mediate conflicts before they become violent, and another group known as We Our Us, an organization that works with young men, helping them to get resources so they do not commit violence or become victims of violence.

On Tuesday afternoon, the intersection at Rose and Monument streets remained blocked off and a helicopter hovered above the crime scene.

At least 67 evidence markers could be seen strewn about the street, revealing the gunfire that had erupted earlier. Some residents, eight to 10 blocks south of the shooting, along Patterson Park, said the extensive firing had been captured on their doorbell cameras.

At the nearby Monument Deli and Grocery, customers continued to stream in as investigators and crime scene technicians worked behind yellow crime scene tape.

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There have been at least two other shootings in the same block over the past two years, one hitting a 38-year-old man in the leg and another killing a 45-year-old man.

Harrison said Tuesday afternoon that police have no known motive. He asked any witnesses to come forward to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.


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