Baltimore Police Investigate First Homicides of 2017


Just hours into 2017, Baltimore police are investigating two unrelated homicides.

Just after 3 pm, officers heard shots in the 1800 block of West Fayette Street. When they arrived at the scene, they found a 20-year-old male with fatal wounds to his upper torso.

Just two hours later, in the 1000 block of North Mount Street, another officer hear gunfire and saw a suspect running with a gun. He found an adult male with gunshot wound in a car nearby. The man was taken to a hospital, but died from his injuries.

The number of homicides in Baltimore decreased in 2016 from the year before. Officials reported 319 intentional killings in the city in 2016, compared with a record 344 the year before. In 2014, the city reported just 211 killings, the second lowest number in nearly half a century.

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