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Homicide is first in Cherry Hill in more than a year

The Baltimore Sun
Homicide marks Cherry Hill's first in over a year.

A Baltimore man who was shot in front of his Cherry Hill home last week has died of his injuries, police said Tuesday.

The killing of John F. Davis, 48, was the first in more than a year in a neighborhood where officials had touted the success of their Safe Streets program.

Police said Davis was shot in the head on June 30 near the 800 block of Seagull Ave. He was taken to an area hospital in grave condition.

Detective Rashawn Strong said Tuesday that the case had been upgraded to a homicide. Police said they have no suspects and have made no arrests.

Local leaders and residents met in Cherry Hill last month to celebrate more than a year without a homicide.

At the time, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake credited Safe Streets, an anti-violence program aimed at suppressing violence through mediation, mentoring and rallies. The program also operates in three other neighborhoods in the city.

Police have reported 151 homicides in Baltimore in 2015, 46 more than at this point last year.

Officers are also investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man in Druid Heights on Monday night, police said.

Officers who were called to the 2300 block of Druid Hill Ave. on a report of a shooting found the man shortly before 11:30 p.m with a gunshot wound to his back. The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police say the shooting occurred in the 2000 block of McCulloh St., roughly a third of a mile from where the victim was found.

Central District detectives asked anyone with information to call 410-396-2411.

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