Murders this Week: 5; Murders this Year: 63

On Thursday, April 18, Southeast District officers responding to a domestic dispute in Canton shot a man to death after he apparently shot two women in the house. The first officer arrived at the home on the 3400 block of Foster Avenue at about quarter-to-midnight and interviewed the subjects, then returned to his car to write a report and call for backup, as is routine in domestic incidents. On the way to the scene, the two backup officers heard shots fired. All the police rushed into the house, where the suspect confronted police and a "mini exchange of gunfire" ensued, a police spokesperson said. The suspect, John Monroe, a 42-year-old African-American man, was shot and died at an area hospital. Inside the house were two women, one who had been shot in the arm and another shot in the ear. Both are expected to survive. Police were investigating the incident and had not yet released the names of the officers as of press time. Monroe was the second person killed by city police gunfire this year.

Tuesday, April 16

At 4:15 p.m. Southwest District police responding to a report of shots fired found Andrew Dominick Morris, a 21-year-old African-American man, in front of a house on the 3800 block of Clifton Avenue in the Mount Holly neighborhood. He had been hit multiple times in the body and was nonresponsive. Morris, who lived three miles away on the 1300 block of Division Street, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead 35 minutes later.

Wednesday, April 17

At 11:10 p.m. Ricky Ferrell, a 54-year-old African-American man, died in a hospital of gunshot wounds sustained on August 4, 2011. Police said he had been hospitalized since the incident, which happened on the 1700 block of Homestead St. Clifford Bailey, a 52-year-old African-American man, was convicted in February 2012 of attempted second-degree murder and handgun charges, and sentenced to 25 years with 15 suspended, plus four years' probation.

Friday, April 19

At 1.00 a.m. Southeast District police found an African-American man on the 2700 block of Jefferson Street in the McElderry Park neighborhood. He had been shot. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m. Police have no suspect or motive.

At 4:08 a.m. Central District police responded to a shooting on the 400 block of Presstman Street in the Madison Park neighborhood. On the sidewalk they found Jerrel Key, a 29-year-old African-American man, shot multiple times and unresponsive. Key was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died at 4:52 a.m. Police say unidentified suspects walked up and shot him.

Saturday, April 20

At 10:11 a.m. on the unit block of East Trenton Street, behind the Bohemian Grove coffee house and Club Choices, Central District police were told a man was down and not breathing. In the backyard of a residence they found an African-American man with deep lacerations on his face. A medical examiner found the cause of death to be the lacerations. His name was not released.

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