Upper Fells Point stabbing, man found on fire in vacant swell city murder total
Killings in Baltimore continue to climb, with police saying a man whose body was found on fire Wednesday in Southwest Baltimore had been killed by asphyxiation and homicide detectives investigating a Friday morning fatal stabbing in Upper Fells Point.
As of early Friday, 70 people had been slain in the city, a 25 percent increase over the same point last year. Twenty-six people have been killed this month, up from 16 in all of last April.
Det. Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman, said an autopsy determined that the body found on fire in the basement of a vacant home in the unit block of Monroe St. was that of a 50-year-old man. He had been asphyxiated, and police have not identified him pending notification of his next of kin. The investigation was continuing, Monroe said.
At about 6:30 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1700 block of E. Lombard St., in Upper Fells Point, Monroe said. A neighbor said the victim was found in front of a neighborhood bar, but police did not have any information on the case, including the man’s identity or a possible motive.
City police have also identified a man shot to death in a triple shooting off North Avenue in East Baltimore Thursday afternoon.
Alex D. Venable, 26, of the 1700 block of Aberdeen Road, was one of three men who were shot; two other men, both 25, remain in critical condition at local hospitals, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
The triple shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of N. Collington Ave., when the three men were approached by two suspects who opened fire on them, police said. Two suspects were last seen running west in the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave.
A fourth man shot and killed himself about half a mile away on E. Oliver Street as police swarmed neighborhoods looking for suspects, according to city police. Police said officers attempted stop him because he was acting suspiciously when he took off running and later shot himself, according to police and witnesses.
Guglielmi said police have not yet notified his family.
Police said the two incidents are not related.