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Video shows moments before gunman kills man in west Baltimore

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 19:45:22-04

Baltimore Police need your help identifying a shooter in a murder investigation on the city’s west side this week.

Investigators released surveillance video of the early Sunday morning shooting hoping the footage leads to an arrest.

It happened in the 2100 block of Presbury Street in Easterwood.

On Tuesday, detectives spent the afternoon canvassing the area, handing out flyers, and talking to neighbors about what they might’ve seen or heard.

“During the course of the investigation, we were able to obtain a video and that video is what we released to the community hoping someone would recognize the suspect or recognize the vehicle,” Det. Jeremy Silbert said.

The part of the footage investigators released show the moments before 28-year-old Xavier Charles was killed.

His shooter confronts him – in what’s at this point considered to be a possible robbery – before opening fire.

He then stood over Charles, firing even more rounds.

“This video shows the suspect approach the victim on the block and the suspect shoots the victim several times. Then the suspect gets into a vehicle and leaves the scene,” Silbert said.

After closely dissecting the video, detectives say the shooter had a wheelman – driving a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta without a front license plate and tinted windows.

Still, they got away in the minutes before police got to the scene.

If you have any information that can help police find who killed Xavier Charles, you’re asked to call Baltimore Police’s Homicide Unit at (410) 496-2100 and forward information to Detective Brian Lewis.