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Police investigate fatal shooting at West Baltimore car wash

A man was shot to death at a small West Baltimore car wash on Thursday afternoon

Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man that occurred Thursday afternoon at a small West Baltimore car wash.

The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. in the 1300 block of W. North Ave., just east of the busy intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues that was the center of April's unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

Police Friday identified the man as Keon Smith.

The shooting occurred in the lot of the Diamond Auto Spa. Detectives were focused on the area around a vehicle parked underneath of a covering. Police said Smith was shot in the chest and died at a local hospital.

The car wash itself is at the base of a mural depicting Lady Justice, which was painted by the street artist Nether in recent months in response to the Gray case.

The victim is the 261st person killed this year in Baltimore. There were 211 homicides in all of 2014. Total shootings are up 80 percent compared to last year.

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