The shooting of a 36-year-old man in Roland Park happened during a robbery, and police believe it’s part of a larger crime spree in North Baltimore.
According to Baltimore police, at 1:42 a.m. Wednesday, in the 4000 block of Roland Avenue the man was shot twice in the upper torso after two to three juveniles attempted to rob him.
"We also experienced two additional robberies after the shooting which suggest to me that these guys lack remorse, so someone else could get hurt until capture," Northern District commander Maj. Kimberly Burrus wrote in an email to community members.
Burrus, in her message to residents, said she believes the latest incident is connected to a spate of robberies where between two and four juveniles have used different stolen cars to target people walking or jogging in the early morning hours in North Baltimore.
A handful of similar robberies have been reported by police in the last few weeks.
Robbers using a car to find targets and getaway robbed two men in Charles Village. According to Baltimore police, on Aug. 6, at 2 a.m., the robbers approached the men after getting out of a vehicle in the 2900 block of St. Paul Street, and pulled out a black handgun.
On Aug. 2, at 7:30 a.m., in the 3400 block of Beech Avenue, the robbers approached a man after getting out of a car and took his iPhone.
That same day, about a half hour before, a woman was jogging in the 5500 block of North Charles Street when robbers got out of a car, stole her pepper spray, pointed it at her, and took her iPhone.
At about 6:15 a.m. that day, a woman was attacked in the 4800 block of Roland Avenue, and had her cellphone stolen. She told police that she believed one of the robbers, who got out of a car, was holding what she thought was a Taser.