Baltimore Police work the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of W. North Avenue on Thursday afternoon.
Baltimore Police work the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of W. North Avenue on Thursday afternoon. (Justin Fenton/The Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man that occurred Thursday afternoon at a small West Baltimore car wash.

The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. in the 1300 block of W. North Ave., just east of the busy intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues that was the center of April's unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

Advertisement

Police Friday identified the man as Keon Smith.

The shooting occurred in the lot of the Diamond Auto Spa. Detectives were focused on the area around a vehicle parked underneath of a covering. Police said Smith was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital.

The car wash itself is at the base of a mural depicting Lady Justice, which was painted by the street artist Nether in recent months in response to the Gray case.

The victim is the 261st person killed this year in Baltimore. There were 211 homicides in all of 2014. Total shootings are up 80 percent compared to last year.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement