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Baltimore Police: Five shot, two fatally, on Thursday, city’s second straight day of violence

Baltimore Police say four men were shot, two fatally, in less than 30 minutes in the early hours of Thursday morning as the city saw at least five people shot within 24 hours.

Since Wednesday, 12 people have been injured by gunfire in the city, and three of them have died. At least two are critically injured, authorities said.

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Gun violence hasn’t altogether subsided due to social distancing measures imposed in Baltimore, but there have been some declines. This year’s 228 homicides are below where they were at this time last year, at 241. Last year’s total homicide count reached 348.

Nonfatal shootings are also down relative to last year, at 506 as of Thursday compared with 566 in 2019.

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Shortly after midnight Thursday, Northern District police officers responded to the 3100 block of Independence St. near the Better Waverly community, where they found two men suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.

No further information about the men, such as their age or other identifiers, was immediately known.

About 20 minutes later, Eastern District officers arrived at an area hospital for a report of walk-in shooting victims, who said they were shot while driving in the 1200 block of Cliftview Ave.

Both men, 56 and 61 years old, were shot in the chest, police said.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. Eastern District detectives are also asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2433 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

At 6:46 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1000 block of Beaumont Ave. in the Kenilworth Park neighborhood.

The officers found a 27-year-old man who’d been shot in the head, the department wrote. He was taken to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Police wrote that the man, who was not identified, was shot after an argument with an unknown man and woman.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2455 or leave tips anonymously at 1-866-756-2587.

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