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18-year-old fatally shot, four others injured in shootings Friday; body found inside vacant home, police say

Early Friday morning, in the hours after a pregnant woman and a man were shot dead in a car in Baltimore, leaving her baby in critical condition after an emergency delivery, police found another body inside a vacant home in Southwest Baltimore.

Then, it was an 18-year-old, still fighting for his life after sustaining a gunshot wound in Broadway East. He died at the hospital.

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Before the sun would set Friday, city police would respond to four more nonfatal shootings, the latest in a spate of violence vexing city leaders.

Midday Tuesday, a gunman unleashed some 60 bullets from the barrel of an assault rifle on an East Baltimore street, killing a 25-year-old man and injuring three others. Before day’s end, five more people had been shot.

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Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott visited the city’s Brooklyn neighborhood to highlight an effort to address blighted properties in an effort to reduce violent crime.

And just after midnight Friday, police found a man’s body inside one among the city’s thousands of vacant homes — in the 1800 block of Wilhelm Street in Carrollton Ridge. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide, although they are awaiting the results of an autopsy, according to a police news release.

It’s the second recent incident involving a vacant home in the Baltimore neighborhood. Sunday evening, a man was found shot dead inside a burning home there.

At 3:37 a.m. Friday, officers were called to the 1700 block of East Lafayette Avenue in Broadway East for a reported shooting. They found an 18-year-old inside a home suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where, “despite doctors’ efforts,” he died, according to the police news release.

At 4:52 a.m., police responded to the 1400 block of Bloomfield Avenue in Southwest Baltimore’s Violetville neighborhood for another reported shooting. They located a second 18-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital.

About ten minutes later, Central District officers responded to a hospital in the city, where a shooting victim was seeking treatment.

The man was immediately taken into surgery, and police did not know where he was shot as of Friday morning’s news release.

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On Friday afternoon, at 4 p.m., a man shot a 19-year-old in the chest inside of SweetPeaz Southern Kitchen in Federal Hill after an argument, police said. The victim is in serious condition and is receiving treatment at a local hospital. Police are still looking for the shooter.

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Vanessa White owns the antique store next to SweetPeaz and said she was with customers when she heard the shot.

“I heard this BOOM — like a car backfiring,” White said. “I’m stunned because this is a quiet neighborhood.”

The crime scene closed the restaurant but it didn’t seem to slow down the rest of Charles Street. Police left space open for customers to enter nearby restaurants and shops, and several diners could be seen enjoying happy hour drinks.

Another person was shot in Carrollton Ridge Friday afternoon, this time a 79-year-old man. Officers went to the intersection of Ramsay Street and Smallwood Avenue around 5:48 p.m. and found the man with a gunshot wound to his right leg, police said. He is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital but police had not released his condition as of Friday evening.

Police are asking anyone with information about the recent shootings to contact them, or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP to leave an anonymous tip.

Baltimore Sun Reporter Alex Mann contributed to this story.


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