BALTIMORE, MD – A 36-year-old man succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds Sunday in Northeast Baltimore, marking yet another violent incident in a city grappling with a high crime rate. The event unfolded around 3:55 p.m. on the 4200 block of Belair Road when patrolling officers responded to reports of gunfire. The man, who was found with life-threatening wounds, was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This tragic incident marks the second shooting along that stretch of Belair Road in the past couple of months. In a related incident in November, a 47-year-old man fell victim to gunshot wounds. Authorities later arrested a 15-year-old boy, charging him with shooting the older man who had interfered in a dispute involving the teenager.
As of Friday, the Baltimore Police Department recorded 259 homicides for the year. The unsettling tally continued to climb over the weekend with fatal shootings of a 17-year-old boy late Friday night and a 31-year-old man on Saturday night.
In reaction to the crime statistics, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott applauded the relative reduction in crime but stressed the need for continued efforts. He cited the importance of initiatives aimed at showing the city’s young population that they are valued and worthy of investment, attributing the city’s crime reduction to violence prevention plans.
Individuals with any information regarding the recent shooting are urged to contact homicide detectives. Anonymous tipsters can also reach out to Metro Crime Stoppers.