Baltimore Homicides Hit 289

Rising Violence

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Two men were gunned down in different parts of the city on Oct. 24, according to the Baltimore Police Department. The two separate shootings bring Baltimore’s homicide total to 289, an increase of 11 percent from last year’s tally of 259 at this time. The year ended with 318 homicides.

The first homicide on Oct. 24, which took place in West Baltimore, in the 1000 block of W. North Ave in Reservoir Hill, occurred around 2:20 p.m when a 25- year-old man was found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland where he was pronounced dead.

Two hours later, in Northwest Baltimore in the 3100 block of Wylie Ave in Park Heights, a 26-year-old man was shot. Medical personnel transported the man to Sinai Hospital, where he later died.

BPD homicide detectives were called to both scenes and quickly determined both cases to be homicides. The 289 homicides tragically puts Baltimore on pace to break the city’s record of 344 homicides set in 2015. In comparison, New York City, with a population of about 8.5 million people had recorded 182 homicides by Sept. 3, while Baltimore with about 620,000 people had recorded 238 homicides.

The Oct. 24 shootings are still under investigation and there is no information available yet on suspects or motives.

Anybody with any information on either shooting is asked to call Baltimore homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.