Murder Ink: 12 murders this week, 242 murders this year

A week after the mayor and police commissioner said violence reductions would not come quickly, 12 people were killed in Baltimore City, including seven over the Labor Day holiday weekend. There was one double homicide and 15 non-fatal shootings in the eight days since Aug. 25. One of the murdered was a well-known gangster whose criminal exploits City Paper covered for a decade. Another was the grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch. Police made several gun arrests and two arrests for murders. 

Monday, Aug. 28 

9:48 p.m. Carlos Jones, a 27-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of Mount Pleasant and South Highland avenues when someone shot him more than once. Police and medics found him there. He was sent to Johns Hopkins Bayview and homicide detectives were called. Jones died on Aug. 30. He resided on the 2600 block of Springhill Avenue. Detectives are looking for clues.

On June 1, Christopher Lessane, a 48-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of E. Monument and N. Port streets when someone bashed his head in. Medics found him on the sidewalk and rushed him to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in grave condition before transferring to Gilchrist Hospital, where lingered in for six weeks. On July 19, Lessane died, and his body was taken to the medical examiner for autopsy. On Aug. 28, the death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma, so it is entered in this week's Murder Ink.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

1:57 p.m. Troy Gladney, a 40-year-old African-American man, was on the 800 block of N. Woodington Road in the Rognel Heights neighborhood when someone shot him. He died. Gladney had resided on the 700 block of Kevin Road, around the corner from where he was killed.

7:41 p.m. Nakim Turner, a 25-year-old African-American man, and Vaughn Riley, a 27-year-old African-American man, were on the 500 block of Richwood Avenue, where the Kernewood and Richnor Springs neighborhoods intersect, when someone shot them both. They both died at a hospital. Police say Turner lived on the 1000 block of Ramblewood Road and Riley on the 4700 block of Midwood Avenue, which is about five blocks from where he was shot.

Saturday, Sept. 2 

6:08 p.m. Vasunlala Irvin, a 41-year-old African-American man, was on the 1200 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, in the Oliver neighborhood, when someone shot him and a 50-year-old man he was with. The 50-year-old, shot in both legs, survived. Irvin died shortly after arriving at Shock Trauma. He had resided on the 3100 block of Sequoia Avenue. 

9:15 p.m. Antoine Rich, a 46-year-old African-American man, was on the 3400 block of Harmony Court when someone shot him. He died at Shock Trauma. Police say Rich lived in the county. He was mentioned in numerous City Paper articles in the mid-2000s, when he was convicted and sentenced to 87 months in prison as part of a drug dealing crew federal law enforcers dubbed the Rice Organization. 

Sunday, Sept. 3

10:25 a.m. After being flagged down by a citizen, police found George Yurek, a 52-year-old Caucasian man, bleeding from the head in an alley off the 1000 block of Brentwood Avenue in the Johnston Square neighborhood. Yurek told the officers that he had been assaulted by an unknown African-American man the night before. He died shortly after at Johns Hopkins Hospital. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide by blunt-force trauma. Yurek had lived on the 1900 block of E. Pratt Street, in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood.

Monday, Sept. 4

12:30 p.m. Tyrone Ray, a 22-year-old African-American man, was talking to two other men on the 4200 block of Nicholas Avenue in Belair Edison when they shot him multiple times and fled in a white vehicle. Ray had resided on the 2700 block of Bayonne Avenue and was the grandson of longtime state delegate and Majority Whip Talmadge Branch.

3:15 p.m. Juwan Gladney, a 25-year-old African-American man, was at a home on the 1400 block of E. Oliver Street when someone stabbed him in the stomach. He died soon after at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police say a domestic dispute escalated into violence, and that a 51-year-old man was also stabbed in the chest. He walked to the hospital and was listed in stable condition. Police arrested 43-year-old Dante Gladney and charged him with murder and attempted murder.

10:20 p.m. A 25-year-old man who police have not yet publicly identified was shot on the 1800 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, in the Broadway East neighborhood. Police found him bleeding on the ground. Medics found a loaded handgun in his waistband and turned it over to the police. This was the 9th murder in the Broadway East neighborhood this year.

11:40 p.m. Sheldon Chase, a 36-year-old African-American man, was on the 1600 block of Patterson Park Avenue, where he resided, when someone shot him in the elbow and torso. He died a couple hours later at Hopkins Hospital. His was the 10th murder in the Broadway East neighborhood in 2017. Last year there were six. 

UPDATES 

Police arrested Demetric Green, a 23-year-old African-American man, and charged him with the Aug. 21 murder of 54-year-old Keith Davis. Police were called to the 2400 block of Cottage Avenue at 9:30 a.m. that day and found three shooting victims. A fourth one walked into a hospital later. Police say Green walked onto the block and started shooting. He is charged with murder, reckless endangerment, and related charges. Green was charged with carjacking last June and those charges were dropped in December. In 2014, he was charged with carrying a stolen gun in a vehicle. He has also faced drug and burglary charges. He was a plaintiff in a lead pant case that was settled in March of 2016. 


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