30 August 2013

Three Shot Thursday Within Three Hours In Baltimore

After Quiet Day, Silence Shattered With Shootings At Night

By A.F. James MacArthur

Police investigate shooting, 1800 block Ruxton Ave. 

James MacArthur/The Baltimore Spectator
UPDATE: Was a double shooting. One victim deceased. Per Justin Fenton, victim ID'd as Delmonte Thomas, age 20.

With three fourths of the day gone, Thursday nearly ended without a single in shooting in Baltimore. But three separate shootings kept Baltimore on pace for 2013 being a particularly violent year in the city.

First there was the man police say was shot around 9:45 p.m.on the 5900 block of Moravia Rd. in Northeast Baltimore.  No information was given on his condition. Police gave no information on suspects or motives in this case.

A short time later, a man was shot in the chest, on the 1800 block of Ruxton Ave., at 10:20 p.m. Homicide detectives were requested to the scene, but police have not stated whether the victim succombed to his wounds, or if he survived. 

The location is just blocks away from Coppin University in West Baltimore.

The Baltimore Spectator was on scene, feet-on-the-street, at Ruxton Ave. a short time after the shooting Thursday night. While there, a "walk-in" shooting at a hospital emergency room was overheard on the police radio. The Baltimore Spectator posted this information on twitter. An hour later, Baltimore Police tweeted the incident, confirming what was initially overheard.

No further information was given on this shootingl.

The incidents come on the eve of the third running of the controversial Baltimore Grand Prix. The event hopes to attract visitors to the city. However, preliminary reports show large vacancies in area hotels. Sources say ticket sales -- for the car race held on city streets -- have been very low.

Although rarely cited, Baltimore's ongoing violence may play a role in reduced tourism and visitors to the city.

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