Two men were killed in separate shootings in Baltimore Tuesday, and four others were wounded by gunfire across the city, police said.
The violence pushes to 98 the number of people killed in Baltimore so far this year, an 11% increase over the same period of last year, according to police statistics. Some 187 people have been wounded by gunfire this year in Baltimore compared to 175 through last April.
On Tuesday, the first person killed was a 31-year-old man gunned down during a double shooting around 1:30 p.m. in East Baltimore, police said. A second man died Tuesday night when gunfire broke out about six hours later.
Around 9:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot, police said. The man is in critical condition, with homicide detectives already investigating because of the severity of his injuries.
Homicide detectives had similarlybeen alerted in the afternoon about the double shooting because of one man’s condition, police said.
Patrol officers assigned to the police department’s Eastern District responded around 1:34 p.m. to the 2300 block of Hoffman St. for reports of a shooting, police said.
Police said they discovered two people who had been shot: a 34-year-old man was found on Hoffman Street, while the 31-year-old was located in the 1400 block of Montford Ave.
Medics drove both men from the city’s Broadway East neighborhood to a hospital, police said. Police said at 5:50 p.m. that the 31-year-old man died.
About four hours after the double shooting on Hoffman Street, police said, Eastern District officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 2400 block of Ashland Ave. — about half a mile away.
At the scene in Baltimore’s Milton-Montford neighborhood, officers learned that a male, whose age they did not yet know, had been shot, police said. Someone in a black vehicle drove the man to a hospital.
Police said they learned at the hospital the man had been shot in the back, though they couldn’t elaborate on his condition.
Department spokesman Det. Donny Moses said it’s too early to say whether there was a connection with the shooting earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Shooting detectives with the Eastern District are investigating the second shooting, which occurred before 4:55 p.m. Police asked anyone with information to call the investigators at 410-396-2433.
Around 7:37 p.m., police said, officers in the Southwest District were summoned to the 1800 block of N. Rosedale St., near the Rosemont neighborhood, to look into a shooting.
Officers found a man, whose identity police did not disclose, with gunshot injuries, police said. The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Police spokeswoman Nicole Monroe said at 8:50 p.m. that the man had died. Homicide detectives assumed the investigation.
Officers in the Western District responded to reports of a different shooting about 45 minutes later, police said. Around 9:35 p.m., they were dispatched to the 100 block of N. Payson St. in the Penrose neighborhood.
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