Police investigating shooting in South Baltimore

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the head early Tuesday in a drive-by shooting near Federal Hill, police said.

The shooting took place just after midnight in the 100 block of W. Hamburg St. on the border of Sharp-Leadenhall and Federal Hill. The victim, Donald Eason, was in critical condition and on life support Tuesday morning but was later pronounced dead.

Investigators believe Eason, who lived in the block, was walking along Hamburg Street when someone shot at him from a vehicle, Sgt. Sarah Connolly said.

Eason is the 235th person killed in 2013, an 8 percent increase over last year. Nonfatal shootings had risen by 9 percent as of Dec. 28.

Two patrol cars were posted on the block near the Sharp-Leadenhall Apartments on Tuesday.

Nineteen of the city's homicides have occurred in the Southern District this year. The most recent police statistics showed that shootings were up 16 percent in the district and homicides were up 29 percent.

Detectives were also investigating a shooting in the 1900 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore. Police said a woman was shot in the leg just after 11 p.m. Monday. Police have no suspects in that incident.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.



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