A 16-year-old Edmondson-Westside High School student was killed Sunday evening in a shooting in Northeast Baltimore, city police said.

Officials said officers heard gunfire around 6:15 p.m. in the area of the 1800 block of East 29th Street.

The boy was found unresponsive and officers started rendering aid. He died at the scene, police said. No other details were provided.

This is at least the fourth teen killed in Baltimore City in 2023, and the second Edmondson-Westside student to die in a shooting since last month.

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Karl Perry, principal of the West Baltimore high school, said on Monday afternoon that he was preparing to send a letter to school community about the student’s death, a protocol he knows too well. It’s becoming so common he can go back to previous letters and simply change the date and names, he said. The school is still mourning recent loss of 16-year-old Deanta Dorsey, who died in a shooting at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center across the street from the school.

Baltimore teenagers are being shot at an alarming rate. And shootings outside city high school buildings are on the rise.

When Perry notified the teachers of the student who died on Sunday, staff members told the principal they had a conversation with the student on Friday encouraging him to get back on the right track.

“We didn’t know what happened, but the Lord did and they [his teachers] got the opportunity to say goodbye on Friday,” Perry said.

Perry said the support staff were in the building on Monday but he wanted to limit the amount of strangers for the kids’ sake.

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“Our children are our most precious items,” Perry said. “We cannot blame anybody except the people who are out here doing these crazy things and it needs to stop. It really needs to stop.”

The case is under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.