Murder Ink: 6 murders this week; 69 murders this year

As the one year anniversary of Freddie Gray's arrest and fatal injury in police custody arrives, Baltimore's murder rate continues to trend ahead of last year's record-breaking pace (as of April 17 last year there were 62). Last week an off-duty police officer shot a man to death in a west side liquor store after the man, Robert Jerome Howard, walked in with a gun and, according to police, announced a robbery. His gun turned out to be fake. City police continued to seize real handguns all over the city, mainly from suspects who cannot legally have firearms of any kind. Still, non-fatal shootings continued at a bloody clip, with nine more reported last week.

Monday, April 11

7 p.m. Larelle Wallace, a 28-year-old African-American man, was on the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Upton when someone shot him multiple times. He died shortly thereafter at a hospital. Wallace lived on the 1300 block of W. Lafayette, a few blocks from where he was killed.

9 p.m. Marvin Saunders, a 36-year-old African-American man, was on the 3800 block of Harlem Avenue in the Edmondson Village neighborhood when someone shot him and another person multiple times. Police found Saunders dead on the ground. They found the other victim, a 23-year-old man who was shot in the back, about two blocks south at the corner of Mt. Holly Street and Edmondson Avenue.

Tuesday, April 12

2:45 a.m. Desean McKoy, a 24-year-old African-American man, was on the 3100 block of Dudley Avenue in Belair Edison when he was shot multiple times. Police found him there. He was pronounced dead by hospital staff. McKoy lived about two blocks away on the 3000 block Kenyon Avenue, according to police. Court records show he filed a lawsuit against two city police officers in December.

11:30 p.m. Taji Anthony, a 25-year-old African-American man, arrived at a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and torso. He died soon after. Police learned that Anthony had been on the 3400 block of Round Road, in Cherry Hill, when someone walked up and shot him. Anthony had resided on the 300 block of Lord Byron Lane, in Cockeysville.

Saturday, April 16

11:45 a.m. Police were called to a wooded area in Carroll Park near the intersection of Washington Boulevard at Bayard Street, where they found a man who had been shot. He was dead. Police have not yet identified the man publicly. They say they don't know how long he had been there.

Sunday, April 17

2:15 a.m. Antonio Washington, a 35-year-old African-American man, was shot in the head on the 600 block of N. Duncan Street, in the Middle East neighborhood just east of Johns Hopkins hospital. Medics took Washington to the hospital, where he died soon after.

Updates:

Last week City Paper missed a murder. Jamel Bishop, a 33-year-old African American man, was shot on the 5400 block of Nelson Avenue on April 8 at about 1:44 p.m. Police originally reported the incident as occurring on the 5400 block of Jonquil Avenue in the Arlington neighborhood, and said a 33-year-old man had received "non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the torso." Four days later they identified the man as a murder victim without further comment. Police also announced the names of three other recent murder victims. On April 7, Antowan Baker, a 33-year-old African-American man, of the 200 block of Mason Court, was shot to death on the 2100 block of Pratt Street. Jerry Cook, a 24-year-old African-American man, was shot to death on the 3000 block of Chelsea Terrace on April 8. Ronald Davis, a 50-year-old African-American man, was killed on the 1400 block of Aisquith Street on the same day.

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