Baltimore police are investigating a pair of shootings Friday night and Saturday morning in West Baltimore. A third shooting in Southwest Baltimore reported overnight was deemed accidental.
The first report of a shooting came around 8:30 p.m. Friday, when a 17-year-old walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound, the police department said in a statement.
Police said the boy told investigators he’d been walking near S. Warwick Avenue and Hollins Street when a pair of masked assailants tried to rob him.
One of the masked male’s brandished a handgun and, as the boy grabbed it, the gunman fired, police said. The boy was struck in the right hand; his injuries were described as non life-threatening.
About 10 hours later, officers responded to a ShotSpotter gunfire detection system alert in the 2100 block of W. North Ave., police said.
Police said officers found evidence of gunfire but nobody that had been shot. That’s likely because the man was walking into a hospital, police said. Officers responded to the hospital after medical staff told them about a 28-year-old with a gunshot wound to his side.
Police described the man’s condition as serious but stable. The department urges anyone with information about either shooting to call Western District shooting detectives at 410-396-2477. Someone who wishes to offer a tip but remain anonymous can do so by dialing 1-866-7LOCKUP to reach Metro Crime Stoppers, police said.
Authorities said a third shooting victim was injured while cleaning rifles with friends at a home in Southwest Baltimore Friday night. The 24-year-old man checked himself into a hospital around 9:40 p.m.
Detectives said a long gun went off, striking the 24-year-old in the leg. No charges will be filed, police said.