A man was shot dead in the middle of a street in Southwest Baltimore Wednesday night, police said.
Officers were called just before 7 p.m. to the first block of S. Catherine Street in the Shipley Hill neighborhood, where they found a man who fire department paramedics pronounced dead from several gunshot wounds to the head, police said.
He was not identified, pending next-of-kin notification.
More than an hour later, the victim's body was still lying, blocked from view by police, near a parked SUV in the middle of the street. Officers cordoned off the block while crime scene technicians placed and photographed evidence markers. A crowd of roughly 50 gathered at the police tape on both ends of the block on West Baltimore and Hollins streets looking on, several of them expressing anger at the time it took for the the victim's body to be removed.
Police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said the Office of the State Medical Examiner performs that duty and referred questions about any possible delay in response time to that office. A spokesman for the medical examiner said he would look into it and provide additional details Thursday.
Police had no information on a suspect or motive in the killing. Homicide detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.