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Baltimore Police: Two men fatally shot, seven other people injured by gunfire during 24-hour period

Nine people were shot in Baltimore within 24 hours, including two men killed in a shooting Wednesday evening, city police said.

Police were called at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday to the 3500 block of Gelston Drive in the Southeast neighborhood of Edgewood, where they found two men, 19 and 20 years old, who had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Officers also located a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in the leg. They applied a tourniquet until medics arrived to transport the victim to an area hospital, police said.

Police did not release names of the victims Thursday. The department initially identified them only as “male juveniles” before releasing their ages.

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“It sounded like two different guns. Just like a Western movie,” said Bridgit Bowers, who lives nearby. She said it was just getting dark when she heard the gunfire erupt on her otherwise quiet street that borders the Edgewood-Lyndhurst Recreation Center.

“It is very quiet, but we do get shootings,” she said.

Bowers said another shooting occurred in the same block on New Year’s Day, around 1:30 a.m. in which 16-year-old Desmond Canada and 17-year-old Bernard Thomas were killed and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg.

Bowers said she assumed the New Year’s Day gunfire was celebratory until the police arrived.

Bowers has lived in the neighborhood her entire life, and said she has felt a transformation as older, longtime residents have moved or died.

“Things are changing,” she said.

Also at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, officers in the Southeast District were called to 1400 block of Mullikin Court in the Dunbar-Broadway neighborhood, where a 26-year-old man had been injured in a shooting. He was taken to an area hospital. Police did not provide an update on his condition Thursday.

About an hour earlier, officers were walking in Southwest Baltimore when they heard gunfire. They found a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the 400 block of S. Fulton Ave. in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood, police said.

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Officers also located an unidentified male around the corner in the 1700 block of Cole St., also suffering from gunshot wounds, according to police. Medics took both victims to area hospitals. Police did not provide updates to their conditions Thursday but said due to the victims’ injuries, homicide detectives have been notified.

The violence continued Thursday. At about 6:30 a.m. Northern District police were called to a city hospital where an unidentified female victim sought treatment after she was shot in the torso. Police said the victim had non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators did not provide a location for the shooting. Police said the victim was taken to the hospital by an unknown person.

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

At about 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Southwest District patrol officers responded to an area hospital for a report of a walk-in shooting victim, police said.

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Once there, officers located a 31-year-old man suffering from an apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

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Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was shot while in the 3200 block of Lohrs Lane in Carroll-South Hilton by an unidentified male suspect after a dispute.

Southwest District detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2488 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., Central District patrol officers responded to the 2300 block of Eutaw Place in the North Eutaw Place neighborhood, for a report of gunfire and a crash with injury, police said.

Officers located a 35-year-old man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was driving northbound in the 2200 block of North Eutaw Place when he was shot by an unidentified suspect. The motive for this incident is unknown at this time, police said.

Central District detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2411 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.


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