A 35-year-old man was shot and killed by a security guard in the Baltimore Highlands area early Monday morning after allegedly throwing a brick at the guard, police said.

This marks at least the third shooting by an armed private security guard in the city in the last 17 days. Two of the victims have died.

The latest shooting occurred Monday about 1:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of E. Lombard Street, which includes a bar that is open until 2 a.m. Police said the victim was transported to the hospital with a “gunshot wound to the body.” He was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The string of security guard shootings began on Oct. 21, when a guard at a Harbor East CVS shot and gravely wounded a 26-year-old man who police said attempted to stab him with a needle.

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Last weekend, Kanisha Spence, a private security guard working at the Royal Farms in Pigtown, shot a 26-year-old man in the head after he became “frustrated and belligerent” when she ordered him to leave, according to police. Spence was charged with charged with attempted second-degree murder, police said, because the victim, who was identified as Marquise Powell, was being restrained when he was shot and Spence advanced toward him.

Police on Monday morning announced Powell has died.

This story will be updated.


Ben Conarck is a criminal justice reporter for The Baltimore Banner. Previously, he covered healthcare and investigations for the Miami Herald and criminal justice for the Florida Times-Union.

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