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Police investigate another shooting in Southwest Baltimore

Baltimore police continue to investigate a shooting in Southwest Baltimore, which is experiencing a surge in shootings and homicides.

Two people have been killed and two people have been shot this week in separate shootings in the Southwestern police district. The latest shooting was reported at 11:21 p.m. Wednesday when a man arrived at an area hospital emergency room having been shot in the chest. His injuries were not life-threatening, and detectives determined that he had been shot in the 5000 block of Frederick Ave. in the Ten Hills neighborhood.

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Monday night, Corey Lide Jr., 23, was fatally shot in the same neighborhood in some woods in the 300 block of Nottingham Road. Police have no suspects in his death or Wednesday night's shooting.

According to the most recent city crime statistics, homicides are up in the Southwest police district 14 percent compared with the same time last year. Non-fatal shootings are up 7 percent. The district has reported 26 homicides this year.

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Overall, homicides are down 7 percent and non-fatal shootings are down 9 percent citywide.

Baltimore police also announced Thursday that they had made an arrest in a shooting that occurred last week in the Arlington neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. Delonta Epps, 23, was found by the Baltimore area Warrant Apprehension Task Force and charged with 17 criminal counts including two counts of attempted first-degree murder and weapons charges. Police say he approached a white Honda Accord at 2:06 a.m. Saturday and fired several shots in the car, wounding the 23-year-old driver, whose arms were shot multiple times. A 26-year-old passenger was also injured in the shooting, police said. A third passenger was not harmed.

A patrol officer walking his beat had heard the gunshots coming from the 5200 block of Wilton Heights Ave. and saw the white Accord fleeing toward the 3600 block of W. Belvedere Ave. Police stopped the car, which carried the shooting victims, according to a police report.

Witnesses identified Epps as the shooter, police said. He is being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center. Online court records did not list an attorney for Epps.

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Northwest Baltimore has also been experiencing a spike in shootings, which are up 15 percent, and homicides, which have increased 46 percent, compared with the same time last year, according to city crime statistics.

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