BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — After a string of shootings on Tuesday, three of which were fatal, the trend seemed to continue into the early morning hours of Wednesday in West Baltimore left one man dead and another injured.
Officers responded to the 2000 block of West Saratoga Street at 1:31 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported shooting.
There they found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg.
According to police, the man was walking when he was approached by an unidentified suspect with a gun. The suspect then began firing at the man, hitting him in the leg.
The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Several hours later, police responded to the 2400 block of Baker Street at 8:06 a.m. for another reported shooting.
When officers arrived they saw 24-year-old Anton Hargrove suffering from gunshot wounds.
According to police, Hargrove was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died of his injuries shortly after arriving.
Hargrove was the 44th murder victim in just the last month.
Mayor Catherine Pugh addressed the rising violence Wednesday morning, saying there is a turf war motivating trigger-pullers.
“There is a drug war taking place in our city,” said Pugh. “There are too many illegal guns continuing on the streets of our city. You know, the streets always talk, they always give you information. There are at least seven different products being sold over in West Baltimore. If you ride through you can hear it, ‘We got this, I got this, I got this’ and everybody is territorial.”
Anyone with any information about the shootings is asked to contact Citywide detectives at (410) 396-2221, Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Detectives at (410) 396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP