Violent crime spike continues in Baltimore following shootings

BALTIMORE - In the latest spike in violence in Baltimore City, police are investigating three separate shootings, including one that killed a man Wednesday.

To date, city police said there have been 217 homicides in Baltimore in 2013, compared to 204 at the same point last year. In addition, there have now been 369 shootings reported this year, compared to 343 in 2012.

As for the most recent crimes, police said officers responded at 11:29 p.m. to the 2800 Block of Parkwood Ave. for a shooting. Once there, they located a man unresponsive on the ground. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead around 11:50 p.m. by medical staff.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the 2800 Block of Parkwood Avenue when he was approached by an unknown man. After a brief talk, the unknown male shot the victim in the torso before fleeing.

At about the same time, city police responded to another shooting on the 3000 Block of Belmont Ave. There, police found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound to his torso. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he is listed as critical but stable condition.

Finally, police responded at 6:40 p.m. for a reported shooting on the 3200 Block of Dudley Ave. In this case, a man was shot in the right leg. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Police said the victim was approached by three males. One of them pulled a handgun and began firing at the victim. All three suspects then left scene in an unknown direction.

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