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Five people shot, two fatally, over weekend in Baltimore, as relentless week of violence continues

Five people were shot, two fatally, Friday night and Saturday, continuing a violent week in Baltimore in which 13 people have been killed and 24 others injured by gunfire.

In the latest incident, Western District homicide detectives investigating reported gunfire found a 38-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds around 9:05 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of W. Lanvale St. in the Harlem Park neighborhood.

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He was pronounced dead by medical personnel shortly after he was transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In the weekend’s other homicide, police were led around 9:51 p.m. Friday to the 5500 block of Frederick Ave. near Baltimore National Cemetery in Southwest Baltimore, where they found a man who had been shot several times. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Three other people were shot in separate incidents just 10 minutes apart early Saturday.

At 2:35 a.m. police arrived at the 5200 block of Leith Road in New Northwood in North Baltimore and found a 30-year-old man who had been shot in the back and a 29-year-old woman who had been grazed by a bullet to her thigh.

Minutes earlier, a 43-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 1000 block of Bethune Road in South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, police said.

All three survived the shootings, police said.

So far this year, 158 people have been killed in Baltimore, and 320 others have been shot and injured, according to police data.

The Friday night homicide comes after a man’s body was found near Leakin Park Friday morning, and another man’s body was found late in the afternoon.

Police received a call around 9 a.m. for an unresponsive person in the 4900 block of North Franklintown Road. Officers found a man with signs of trauma to his body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released the man’s name.

Police also found the body of a 24-year-old man in the 3800 block of Derby Manor Drive near Cold Spring Park around 3:50 p.m. Friday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., police found a 25-year-old male in the 2000 block of W. Saratoga Street with gunshot wounds after responding to a ShotSpotter alert. He was transported to a hospital, police said.

Police responded to two other homicides just before midnight Thursday.

At 11:57 p.m., officers were called to the first block of Schroeder Street in the Poppleton neighborhood, where they found a 42-year-old man who had been shot in the head. A 11:58 p.m., officers in the Southwest District were called to the intersection of Poplar Grove and Brighton Street where a 38-year-old man had been stabbed.

Both victims were pronounced dead.

About an hour earlier, officers were called to a hospital where a 22-year-old was being treated for a gunshot wound to the head. The victim told police he was shot while driving in the 1700 block of Franklin Street in Harlem Park.

On Wednesday, police responded to a mass shooting in the 2100 block of West Lexington Street in West Baltimore that left one person dead and five others injured.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison called that incident “a very brazen, very cowardly act of shooting indiscriminately into a block, where they hit six people and could have potentially hit and killed many others.”

On Friday, police identified the man killed in that incident as 59-year-old Leslie Jerome Gibson.

The injured included men age aged 44, 39, 33 and 26, and a 16-year-old boy.

All six victims were on the same block of West Lexington Street when two to three suspects opened fire, police said, before fleeing the scene. Police have not announced any arrests.

Later Wednesday, police were called to investigate a homicide just east of downtown in the Jonestown neighborhood.

Officers on patrol in the area heard gunfire in the 1000 block of Granby Street and found 43-year-old Lee Johnson, who was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, police said.

Police believe all six people were all on the same block of West Lexington Street when two to three others approached them on foot and open fired.

Officers saw Devante Stewart leaving the scene. Police said Stewart, attempting to elude officers, carjacked a vehicle that he subsequently crashed in the nearby 400 block of Asquith Street. He then pushed his way into an apartment in the block, as a resident was leaving, police said, and has been charged with murder and other crimes.

Police on Friday also identified several other recent homicide victims, including 18-year-old Kozee Spriggs, whose decomposing body was found Tuesday in the 1300 block of Ensor Street.

Police have arrested and charged Kevin Dudley, 38, in her death. It is unclear if Dudley has an attorney; none was listed in online court records Friday.

Police also identified two other men killed in separate incidents Tuesday.

Deandre Davis, 36, was killed and a 44-year-old man injured in a Tuesday morning shooting in the 1600 block of Moreland Avenue. Police also identified 24 year-old Cyril Lynch, who was killed in a shooting that morning in the 5200 block of Belair Road.

And police identified 20-year-old Curtis Dunham, who was fatally shot just after 5 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue. Officers found Dunham laying on a sidewalk outside Dunkin’ Donuts by the Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore.

Baltimore Sun reporter Taylor DeVille and editor John Holland contributed to this article.

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