One gay man was killed and another man was critically injured in a shooting in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 10. The deceased has been identified as Joseph Alexander ‘’Alex’’ Ulrich Jr. His companion, Lawrence Peterson, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he remains in a coma, according to a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. Jason Curtis, a friend of Peterson’s and the president of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association, a local neighborhood organization, said Peterson underwent several surgeries after being admitted. Curtis said he had only briefly met Ulrich, who moved to the city about four months ago, but said that Peterson was a popular neighborhood figure who was friendly and often went out of his way to befriend newer residents of the city.
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