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17-year-old killed in Baltimore on New Year's Eve brings city's 2018 homicide count to 309

The Baltimore Sun

A 17-year-old boy became Baltimore's last murder victim of 2018 late New Year’s Eve, increasing the year’s overall homicide toll to 309.

Meanwhile, the new year got off to a bloody start amid a spate of non-fatal shootings that left seven people injured in the waning hours of 2018 and the early moments of 2019.

The fatality was reported just after 10 p.m. Monday. Police said officers were sent to the 4500 block of Green Rose Lane to investigate a reported shooting and found the teenager suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police had not released his name as of Tuesday afternoon.

The first reported shooting victim of the new year was also a teen — a 14-year-old boy. Police said they were called to the intersection of Light and Lee streets at about 12:12 a.m. to investigate a shooting and found the teenager suffering from a graze wound to the head. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Additionally, officers responded at about 1:43 a.m. to a hospital for a report of a walk-in victim and found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. Police said it was unclear where that incident occurred.

Police reported several other nonfatal shootings in the final hours of 2018. In the Western District around 10:08 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Whitmore Avenue and found a 52-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

Around the same time, police said a 28-year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the 2800 block of Spring Hill Avenue. Then, at about 10:12 p.m., police found two men with gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Harford Road.

They were all transported to hospitals for treatment.

At about 11:11 p.m., officers responded to an area hospital for a report of a walk-in shooting victim and found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the arm. Police said he was in critical condition Tuesday and unable to inform detectives where the incident occurred.

Police asked anyone with information about the shootings to contact them at 410-396-2221. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP. People can also submit a tip by texting 443-902-4824.

Police also reported that amid New Year’s festivities in Baltimore, a 44-year-old man was arrested on gun charges after officers saw him firing a gun in the air shortly after midnight in the 1200 block of N. Luzerne Avenue.

Gary Watts, 44, was arrested on various gun charges, and police said they seized a loaded .44 Mag revolver, a loaded 9 mm handgun with “an obliterated serial number,” and a loaded assault rifle. He was transported to Central Booking, police said. No information or attorney was listed online as of Tuesday afternoon.

2007 shooting becomes 2018 homicide

Also Tuesday, police announced that the November death of a man shot 11 years ago in Baltimore has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner — an addition that boosted the overall 2018 homicide count to 309.

Police said Tuesday that Clinton Anderson died Nov. 10 at the Overlea Health and Rehabilitation Center. Anderson had been shot on June 12, 2007, in the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St. He was 37 at the time.

Police said following his death an autopsy was performed, and last month the medical examiner determined Anderson died as a result of the 2007 shooting. His death is recorded as a 2018 homicide, according to police.

Police said Jamal Smith, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, and Jessie Lynch, who was 26, were arrested. Smith was sentenced to life in prison for attempted first-degree murder and a gun violation, according to online records. Police said Lynch was sentenced to 20 years. Online records indicate Smith is currently at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland.

This story has been updated.

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