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Fatal shooting Tuesday marks 343rd homicide in Baltimore in 2015

Fatal shooting Tuesday marks 343rd homicide in Baltimore in 2015
Baltimore police investigate a shooting in Dolfield near a playground. (Kevin Rector)

An unidentified male was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore and died shortly after, becoming the 343rd homicide victim of 2015.

That total is the second highest in the city's history, and 10 killings short of the record 353 homicides tallied in 1993 — when the city had about 100,000 more residents. Given the population decline, the toll makes 2015 the deadliest year in the city's history on a per capita basis.

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The last time the city saw more than 300 homicides was in 1999. Homicides spiked this year after the unrest in April following the death of the 88th homicide victim of 2015: Freddie Gray, 25, who died from a severe spinal cord injury in the back of a police transport van.

Police on Tuesday responded to the intersection of Garrison Boulevard and Penhurst Avenue, on the western edge of the city's Dolfield neighborhood, about 2:42 p.m. for a reported shooting and found the male victim with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

He was transported to Sinai Hospital, where he died despite medical efforts to save his life, police said.

At the scene, detectives and other officers scoured the intersection for clues, placing at least 22 yellow evidence markers on the sidewalk, in the grass next to it and in the middle of Penhurst Avenue.

Many of the markers were at the intersection's northwest corner, just feet from a playground.

Police urged anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. People who wish to remain anonymous can also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.

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