Frigid cold may have helped keep the violence in check last week, as the police tallied only three nonfatal shootings (four if you count the guy the police shot on Sunday). But in Baltimore it takes more than single-digit temperatures to halt the killings entirely. One of the nonfatals was a head shot, and there were two gun murders, bringing this year’s tally to 32, four fewer than on this date last year.
Saturday, Feb. 21
11:03 a.m. As the year’s first big snowfall got underway, police found Kevin Mason, a 29-year-old African-American man, slumped behind the wheel of parked car on the 3800 block of Ridgewood Avenue, near the Callaway Elementary School in the Dolefield neighborhood. They later determined he had been shot at least once in the body. Police believe Mason had resided about two miles south on the 3300 block of Elgin Avenue.
Sunday, Feb. 22
7:22 a.m. Police were called to a hospital where Jawan Goode, a 31-year-old African-American man, had been brought in with a gunshot wound. Goode died soon after. Police believe that he was shot near the intersection of Monument and Rose streets, about nine blocks east of Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the Milton-Montford and McElderry Park neighborhoods come together.