Man killed in overnight Gwynn Oak Avenue shooting

A man was shot and killed on Baltimore's Howard Park neighborhood early Friday morning, breaking a streak of more than 10 days without a homicide in the city.

Officers discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest when they responded to a shooting call in the 5500 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. around 12:15 a.m. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.

Baltimore Police are investigating the shooting, and have not yet contacted the man's family members about the incident.

There had not been a homicide in Baltimore since Sept. 30, a quiet stretch in a city that has averaged roughly two killings every three days.

Not only were there no homicides, but the homicide count for the year went down by one during the stretch — after police and prosecutors determined that the Sept. 14 killing of Neal Hunt, 33, was committed in self-defense, it was removed from the count of killings.

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