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30-year-old man killed by gunfire in Southeast Baltimore; three shot in Northeast Baltimore

A 30-year-old man was shot to death in Southeast Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, and three others were shot in a separate occurrence, police said.

Baltimore Police said that around 12:30 p.m., officers were called to the 200 block of South Eaton Street for someone who was not breathing.

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When officers arrived, police said that they found 30-year-old Lee Jordan Butler unresponsive. He was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and died at the scene.

Nearly four hours later, Northeastern District patrol officers were sent to the 3500 block of Bel Air Road for a shooting.

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When officers arrived, they observed evidence of a shooting and that three victims were scattered to different areas for safety, police said. Two 30-year-old men and a 51-year-old man were found and transported to area hospitals.

Witnesses told police that the gunman was standing at the corner of Bel Air Road and Pelham Avenue and was shooting in the direction of the victims.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said that at the time of a shooting, a Safe Streets cookout was happening in the same area. The shooter, who police believe was a male, fled on foot.

”He could have shot or injured or killed many more people,” Harrison said. “This speaks to the senselessness, cowardliness and brazenness of an individual in broad daylight to open fire on three people indiscriminately.”

Harrison encouraged anyone with information to come forward and call police, even if it’s anonymously.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott praised the community and Safe Streets for the work they’ve done to help decrease the violence in the area and said that this latest incident will only make them work even harder.

”The work must, can and will go on,” the Democrat said. “This will not stop the work that is happening in this neighborhood.”


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