Three city killings push homicide count to highest in 20 years

City police investigate a homicide in Southwest Baltimore early Wednesday morning.

Three men were killed in Baltimore on Wednesday, pushing the city's homicide count this year to 315 — the highest in 20 years — and surpassing a per capita rate of 50 killings per 100,000 residents for the first time.

An unidentified man was shot in the early morning, about 1:35 a.m., in an alley near the 1300 block of N. Longwood St. in Rosemont, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said. The killing happened less than a block from the 3100 block of Normount Ave., where 26-year-old Anthony Stewart was shot to death on Nov. 17.

About 10:48 a.m. Wednesday, a 33-year-old man was shot to death in the 1900 block of Walbrook Ave. in Mondawmin, police said. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died.

Just after 9 p.m., a man was fatally shot in the chest in the 2800 block of Lauretta Ave., police said. No further details were released.

Six hours earlier, a 27-year-old man was nonfatally shot a few blocks away in the 700 block of Ashburton St. in Mosher, police said. He was expected to survive.

None of the three homicide victims Wednesday were publicly identified.

Police gave no suspects or motives. Anyone with information in any of the shootings may call 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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