Fri. 11:48 p.m.: Shooting death is Baltimore’s 39th homicide in May

BALTIMORE – Baltimore police say a man was fatally shot in the western part of the city, continuing the month’s spike in homicides.

Sgt. Jarron Jackson said in an email today that officers on patrol found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest about 4:30 p.m.

Jackson says the officers called paramedics and the man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The killing is the city’s 39th homicide this month, the deadliest in 15 years.

Arrests have dropped sharply in Baltimore since Freddie Gray died on April 19 of injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death unleashed protests, riots, and the criminal indictment of six officers. A civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department also has officers working under close scrutiny.