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Baltimore's Homicide-Free Streak Ends At 12 Days

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Baltimore's 12-day streak without a homicide ended Tuesday, with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man.

A mother is now mourning the loss of her son.

Police say the shooting happened just before 1:15 p.m., in the 3800 block of Elmley Ave.

The victim was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

WJZ briefly spoke to the distraught mother who said he was her only child.

"Behind the number is a story, is a narrative about somebody's life that was lost, and there is somebody's mom or dad or parent that's going to have to bury their child," said Baltimore Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa. "Sad that this happened and the community has to know that we are going to be out here for them."

The streak began as community organizers called for a violence-free weekend earlier this month.

"I don't know it's just a sad situation. 11 days and now. i was praying and hoping that nothing happen," one resident said.

Baltimore's murder-free milestone that lasted almost two weeks hadn't been seen in years. In August 2011, October 2013 and March 2014, the city went 10 days without a murder -- and eight days in November 2014.

Police have not identified the victim.

Police also responded to an unconfirmed report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Frankford Avenue near Relcrest Road in Northeast Baltimore Tuesday. The status of the individual involved has not been released but homicide detectives were called to the scene.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call (410) 396-2100, Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443) 902-4824.

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