A man was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in South Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood on a violent Monday afternoon during which four people were shot, two fatally, in a three-hour span.
And as Baltimore starts 2020 with the same violence that claimed the lives of 349 people in 2019, police say that they’re investigating the deaths of five people Monday, ranging from a 51-year-old woman stabbed to death to a man found floating in the water near Cherry Hill Park.
For the triple shooting, Baltimore police spokeswoman Detective Chakia Fennoy said officers were called at 3:33 p.m. to the area of the 800 block of Bethune Road, near Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, for a report of a shooting.
Officers found two people in nearby locations who had been shot, one in the 800 block of Bethune and another in the 800 block of Roundview Road, Fennoy said. She said police believe the two were shot during the same incident.
Baltimore police wrote in a news release that a 41-year-old man was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene.
A 28-year-old man who was shot in the head was taken to a local hospital and is in “grave condition,” police wrote. The department previously reported the man had died from his injuries.
The department wrote that a 27-year-old man was also injured in the shooting, but is expected to survive his injuries.
It marks a deadly two-day stretch for the South Baltimore neighborhood, as police say two people have been shot to death since Sunday and that a body was recovered from the water near Cherry Hill Park, near where the shootings occurred.
Baltimore police spokesman Detective Donny Moses said officers recovered a dead body from the water near the park after the department received a call about a body in the water in the area of the 100 block of Reedbird Ave. at 1:42 p.m.
Moses said he did not have the identity of the male victim. Police are investigating the cause of death.
On Sunday, a man was shot to death in his car less than a block away from where the two victims were found shot Monday.
Police said Sunday that an unidentified man was shot multiple times while inside a car parked in the 900 block of Coppin Court around 10:30 a.m. Coppin Court is between Bethune and Roundview roads, and the car was found near where the two victims were found shot Monday.
The city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood had been highlighted as one of the bright spots for the Baltimore’s Safe Streets anti-violence program, which uses former inmates to intervene in disputes before violence breaks out.
Moses said the department is investigating whether the incidents are related, adding that while there’s nothing explicit to suggest the two shootings and the man found floating in the water are connected, “we’re not ruling anything out.”
The 41-year-old’s death bring the total homicide count for five for Monday, as police are investigating a fatal shooting in the city’s Morrell Park neighborhood, two other killings that happened earlier in the afternoon and another man dying from wounds he suffered during a January shooting.
Police wrote in a news release that officers found a man shot in the head as they responded to a report of a shooting in the 2000 block of Griffis Avenue at 8:13 p.m. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Breaking News Alerts Newsletter
As it happens
Get updates on the coronavirus pandemic and other news as it happens with our free breaking news email alerts.
Earlier in the day, a 51-year-old woman died after she’d been stabbed several times in Baltimore’s Rosemont East neighborhood around 1 p.m., police say.
Less than 10 minutes later, police found a man who’d been shot in the upper body in the area of the Poe Homes apartment complex in the Poppleton neighborhood. He died from his injuries while being treated at the hospital, police said.
At 2:10 a.m. Monday, doctors told police that Andre Giles — who’d been shot Jan. 28 in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St. — died from his injuries.
Anyone with information about the apparent homicides are asked to call 410-396-2100 or leave tips anonymously at 1-866-7Lockup.