Baltimore Police are investigating five separate homicides over a 20-hour span beginning Wednesday night as the city’s new mayor is promising a comprehensive approach to slowing the city’s relentless pace of killings.
The most recent attack came Thursday afternoon after an unidentified male had been fatally shot in East Baltimore in the 3000 block of E. Monument St. in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood. Police responded to the shooting around 4:26 p.m. after a ShotSpotter alert of reported gunfire, police said.
Homicide detectives then assumed control of the investigation, police said.
Earlier Thursday, just before noon, Southwest District patrol officers responded to the 2200 block of Garrison Blvd. in the Mount Holly neighborhood after reports of a shooting. There they found a 33-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. Officers performed CPR until medics arrived, police said.
He was taken to an area hospital where he later died, police said. No suspect has been identified.
It came hours after a shooting that left a woman dead in Northwest Baltimore, police said. Around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Northwest District patrol officers responded to the 3800 block of Sequoia Ave. in the Callaway-Garrison neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore after reports of a shooting and found a woman unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot to the head. Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, police said.
Newly elected Mayor Brandon Scott released a statement shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday calling for a multiple-agency approach to tackling the problem. The string of shootings Thursday pushed the city’s 2020 homicide count to 314, eight fewer killings than this time last year.
“In the last twenty-four hours, we have lost four Baltimoreans to serious acts of violence. We cannot and will not allow this to become normalized,” Scott said in the statement. “We will not allow violence to hold our neighborhoods hostage, nor will we accept that the life of any Baltimorean is disposable.”
“Under my leadership, every single city agency will work in tandem to make Baltimore safer. Our police department will refocus on targeting those committing violent acts in our communities, while developing a strategy to focus on those illegally trafficking guns onto our streets.”
Police already were investigating two homicides that took place less than 90 minutes apart Wednesday night.
At approximately 8:07 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. to investigate a reported shooting. An unidentified man suffering from gunshot wounds was transported to Shock Trauma and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Around 9:24 p.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of E. Federal St. in the Broadway East neighborhood of East Baltimore. When officers arrived, they found a 40-year-old man unresponsive from a stab wound to his body, police said.
Medics arrived and pronounced the man dead, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP or submit a tip by text to Metro Crime Stoppers.