Blood marks the spot of Wilkens Avenue murder

As late morning rolled on along Wilkens Avenue in Southwest Baltimore, there were few obvious hints of the violence that had occurred just hours earlier.

But just off the road were two large pools of blood, spilled from the body of the man police say was shot here just before daybreak.

The police account is brief: at 5:23 a.m., officers were called to the 3400 block of Wilkens Ave. where they found a man who had been shot in the chest. He was transported to an area hospital — it doesn't say whether it was St. Agnes Hospital, which overlooks the street — and died of his wounds.

The victim was not identified Friday morning. With detectives long gone and remnants of crime scene tape left behind, his blood stained an entrance road to a storage facility tucked behind a shopping center.

An employee of a nearby business pointed out the gruesome sight, but said he didn't know anything about the incident. The fire department is typically called to wash away blood left behind at murder scenes.

Later in the day, around 2 p.m., a man was reported shot in the hand about a half mile away on the other side of Loudon Park National Cemetery, in the 4100 block of Frederick Ave.

Seven people have been killed to start the month of May, while for the year murders remain down by 16 percent compared with the same date last year. Recent victims include a Kenyan immigrant killed in what may have been a robbery downtown and a Monment Street nail salon employee accidentally struck as she gave a pedicure.

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