Murder Ink: 4 murders this week; 58 murders this year

Four more murders this week, six more than last year by this date.

Six more people fell to gunfire in Baltimore City this week. Four were shot by criminals, and so count as homicides; two were shot by police, who may have stopped a homicide by killing a father and son as they exited their vehicle with guns. The police, who fired 56 unanswered shots at the men, were reportedly given Miranda warnings, so things may change. As of April 3 last year Baltimore had seen 52 murders—six less than this year. In 2014 there had been 45 murders by that date.

Tuesday, March 29

5:37 p.m. Leroy E. Johnson, a 33-year-old African-American man, was the 1800 block of E. Lafayette Avenue in Oliver when someone shot him. He died in a hospital soon after that. Johnson lived on the 5100 block of Crosswood Avenue, according to police.

Wednesday, March 30

11:30 p.m. Anthony Hunter, a 30 year-old African-American man, was on the 300 block of E. 22nd Street in Barclay when someone shot him. He died soon after at a hospital.

Thursday, March 31

4:59 a.m. Police investigating a report of a vehicle impeding traffic on the 1500 block of Lakeside Avenue found a man who had been shot in the head inside the car. The man, whose name police have not yet released publicly, was 34 years old. He was dead. The vehicle was a red Chevrolet.

Sunday, April 3

12:30 a.m. A man the police have not yet publicly identified was shot in the back of the head on the 2800 block of Boarman Avenue, in the Towanda-Grantley neighborhood. Police found him there, dead. The officer who found the body had also seen three men running away just moments before he came upon the dead man.

Update:

Police released the name of the man found shot to death on Easter morning in Hollins Market. He was Sterling Thomas Stanfield, a 29-year-old African-American man.

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