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7 killed over long Labor Day weekend in Baltimore

Baltimore Police is asking the community for help in locating a suspect in the weekend murder that occurred in the 4200 block of Nicholas Avenue. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Seven men were killed in Baltimore during the long Labor Day weekend, including an Upper Fells Point man found with a head injury in an alley on Sunday and a man whose uncle was arrested in his fatal stabbing Monday, police said.

Two of the men were found shot less than two hours apart late Monday in the same small East Baltimore neighborhood where a third man was wounded in a shooting early Tuesday morning. Police said they are investigating whether the incidents are connected.

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T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said some of the weekend violence appeared to be retaliatory.

Officers found George Yurek, 52, of the 1900 block of E. Pratt St. bleeding from the head in an alley in the 1000 block of Brentwood Ave. in Johnston Square about 10:25 a.m. Sunday.

Police said Yurek told them he had been attacked by an unknown male the evening before. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. His body was taken for autopsy, and the medical examiner on Monday ruled his death a homicide by blunt-force trauma, police said.

Smith said Yurek had been at a club with family and friends the night before, but had "separated himself from that group" at some point. Police are trying to figure out what led him to the area around Brentwood Avenue, which Smith described as "desolate," and whether he had gone there to meet someone.

Juwan Gladney, 25, of the 2800 block of Presstman St. was fatally stabbed in the stomach during a "family dispute" in a home in the 1400 block of E. Oliver St. in East Baltimore about 3:15 p.m. Monday, police said. A 51-year-old man, also a family member, was also stabbed and was in serious but stable condition, police said.

Dante Gladney, 43, of the same block in Oliver, was arrested in the attack, police said. They did not describe the relationship between Gladney and the second unidentified victim, other than that the two men are related.

Gladney was waiting to see a court commissioner as of Tuesday morning, and could not be reached for comment. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Baltimore Police is seeking the public's help in identifying a person of interest in a shooting that occurred at a BP gas station in Baltimore. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Additionally over the weekend, officers located a 25-year-old man with gunshot wounds about 10:20 p.m. Monday. He was lying in the 1800 block of E. Lafayette St. in the Broadway East neighborhood. The man was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. He was not immediately identified.

About 11:40 p.m. Monday, officers found Sheldon Chase, 36, of the 1600 block of Patterson Park Ave. with gunshot wounds to the elbow and torso near the nearby intersection of Patterson Park Avenue and Federal Street, which is also in the Broadway East neighborhood, police said. Chase was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

About 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a local hospital where a 35-year-old man had arrived seeking treatment for gunshot wounds to his legs, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed the man was sitting in his vehicle in the 1700 block of Rutland Ave., also in Broadway East, when he was shot, police said.

Police said they are investigating whether there are any connections between the two homicides and the nonfatal shooting in Broadway East because of their proximity.

Police are also investigating another non-fatal shooting about 11:02 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of Oswego Ave. in the Greenspring neighborhood in North Baltimore, they said.

A 24-year-old man was walking in the block when he "heard several gunshots that appeared to be very close" and "began to run to a friend's house before realizing that he had been shot," police said.

Police located the man at a local hospital, where he had been taken by friends.

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The discovery of Yurek and the fatal shootings on Monday followed two killings Saturday and another killing midday Sunday.

Police on Tuesday identified the 22-year-old man shot Sunday in the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave., in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, as Tyrone Ray, of the 2700 block of Bayonne Ave.

Ray is the grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch, who on Monday identified his grandson as the victim in the shooting and pleaded for the violence in the city to stop.

Smith, the police spokesman, said the killing of Ray appeared to be targeted. Asked about Branch's suggestion that more needs to be done to address the violence in the city, Smith agreed.

But, he said the approach must be holistic, and go beyond police and law enforcement to address social, economic and environmental factors helping to drive the violence.

"The frustration that Mr. Branch has is the frustration that any other family member of a murder victim has when we see people who walk the streets carelessly and commit these acts of violence," said Smith, whose own brother was killed in the city in July. "This is much greater than a law-enforcement-only solution, and anyone who thinks it is a law-enforcement-only solution is living in a fantasy world."

For their part, Smith said police are focusing on taking violent repeat offenders off the streets and on geographic areas that have been disproportionately impacted by the violence.

Police had previously identified Vasunlala Irvin, 41, and Antoine Rich, 46, as those killed Saturday in Baltimore.

The weekend also included multiple other nonfatal shootings.

And about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said, officers were called to a local hospital where they found a woman being treated for a gunshot wound to the upper body. Police said the woman, who was not identified, told the officers that she was traveling in a vehicle in the 1700 block of N. Carey Street, on the boundary between Sandtown-Winchester and Penn North in West Baltimore, when she "heard a gunshot and realized she was shot."

There have now been 242 homicides in Baltimore in 2017, a near historic pace.

Anyone with information in the non-fatal shootings is asked to call citywide shooting detectives at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCK-UP.

Anyone with information in the homicides is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100, text a tip to 443-902-4824, or call Metro Crime Stoppers.

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