BALTIMORE - During a press conference about a police-involved shooting Thursday, Anthony Guglielmi, director of public affairs at the Baltimore Police Department also addressed two recent homicides and the case of Anthony Anderson.
The two homicides each happened on the east side of Baltimore City at around the same time. The first on Lanvale Street and the second on Fulton Street.
In the Lanvale incident, a man was found on the ground with a gunshot wound and was taken to Shock Trauma, where he later died. In the Fulton Street incident, a 19-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. Similarly, the victim was taken to Shock Trauma and later died.
Both incidents reportedly happened at around 9 p.m. Guglielmi said officers are exploring the possibility that the incidents were related, but as of Thursday afternoon had yet to come up with any solid connections.
Early Thursday morning, a man was shot in the leg by officers in the area of Lanvale Street and transported to a local hospital. Officials say they are unsure if that man knows anything about the two shootings. The suspect is still being treated and had not been interviewed, however, police plan to charge him once he is released from the hospital.
Questions about the Anthony Anderson case came at the end of the press conference. Guglielmi's response was simple -- the case is being investigated by Internal Affairs and will be handled by the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office.
The State Medical Examiner's office ruled that Anderson, 42, died of blunt force trauma. Police had initially said that Anderson died after swallowing drugs after being placed into custody. Since, three detectives have been placed on leave.