Homicides up in Northwest, Southwest Baltimore

Homicides are down citywide but spiking in NW & SW Baltimore, statistics show

Gold carpentry screws, a Deckmate brand box and a thick pool of blood lay Tuesday morning on a Northwest Baltimore porch, where Baltimore police say a 35-year-old man was shot to death.

A neighbor said the victim had purchased the rundown vacant house recently and was rehabilitating it.

Two homicide detectives interviewed neighbors in the 3400 block of Mondawmin Ave. in the Hanlon-Longwood neighborhood. Police say they found the victim about 8 p.m. Monday suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Detectives believe at least one suspect approached him and shot him before running from the scene.

Police identified the victim on Wednesday as Gerard Slowe, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Bear Branch Court in Pikesville.

A neighbor, who declined to provide her name because a suspect has not been arrested, said Slowe could often be seen working on the brick duplex, which was boarded up with plywood and padlocked.

Police had no suspects.

About 7 p.m. Monday, officers responding to a report of gunshots in the Ten Hills neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore found a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds in the 300 block of Nottingham Road. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Neighbors in the block said they heard at least two shots. They said the man was found in a wooded area that buffers the Huntington Hills Swim Club from nearby homes. Police have no suspects in the shooting.

Detectives ask anyone with information about either homicide to call 410-396-2100. Police have not identified the victim in the Nottingham Road shooting, saying relatives had not been notified

The killings were the 26th this year in Southwest Baltimore and the 36th this year in Northwest Baltimore. Of six homicides that have been reported in the city this month, five occurred in the two districts.

Baltimore has recorded 190 homicides this year compared with 203 at this time last year. The most recent city statistics show that homicides were down by 46 percent in West Baltimore and 45 percent in Central Baltimore, which includes downtown. They were up 10 percent in the Southwestern District, 15 percent in the Northern District, 20 percent in Southeastern Baltimore, 23 percent in the Southern District and 42 percent in the Northwest Baltimore.

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