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Man fatally shot in Northeast Baltimore

A man was found shot to death behind a home in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday morning — but when he was actually shot will take some detective work.

Police said they were called to the 3900 block of Chesterfield Rd. in Belair-Edison at about 11:30 a.m. for a report of a body, not a shooting. Neighbors said they heard shots the night before around 9 p.m., though police told residents that no one apparently called 911 to report it.

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The body was behind a home that residents say has been vacant for months. But such vacancies are not common in this part of the neighborhood, nor is gun violence.

"We don't have this stuff on our block!" exclaimed Yvonne Matrix, after being informed why police were on the scene. Another resident, who did not want to give her name out of safety concerns, said the neighborhood is quiet and few people hang out on the corners, but that obscures the illegal activity still occurs.

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As uniformed police officers combed the crime scene, homicide detectives stood just outside the crime tape and police's Foxtrot helicopter circled overhead. Police have no suspects and ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.

The homicide was the second in two days in the city after seven days without any killings. This year, 179 people have been killed in Baltimore compared with 188 last year at this time.

Later Thursday, a man was shot in the left arm in the 200 block of N. Curley St. in Ellwood Park/Monument on the east side, police said. When officers arrived just before 3 p.m., the victim had already gone to a hospital, where he was treated for nonfatal injuries.

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this report.

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