Murders this Week: 7; Murders this Year: 210

Baltimore's murder rate increased over the past several weeks to a rate of nearly one per day. Commissioner Anthony Batts shuttled to several murder scenes over the weekend in an effort to demonstrate concern and control, saying that his department would continue to target gangs. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, meanwhile, called for an investigative hearing into the department's staffing levels, and the family of Tyrone West, a man killed July 18 while in police custody, demanded answers at a council meeting where two council members called for an investigative hearing on that incident.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

1:14 p.m. Northern District police called to the 2500 block of North Edgecombe Circle, in the Parklane neighborhood, found Brian Curtis Sims Jr., a 28-year-old African-American man, shot multiple times and dead. It was the second murder on that block in the past three months: On Sept. 3 Sharod Lloyd was shot to death there.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

4:28 a.m. About a mile and a half west, Delonta Harrison, a 19-year-old African-American man, was in a car on the 5100 block of Arbutus Avenue when someone shot him to death. Northwest District police found him with multiple gunshot wounds and medics got him to a hospital, where he died. Harrison was on the block where he lives, in the Langston Hughes neighborhood.

Thursday, Nov. 14

4:26 p.m. Eddie Clifton Blick Jr., a 20-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times while walking on the 1300 block of Laurens Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Western District police found him there and medics transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:58 p.m. Blick lived on the 1200 block of Woodyear Street. He is the seventh person murdered in Sandtown-Winchester this year.

Friday, Nov. 15

4:42 p.m. Three men were shot on the front porch of a home on the 600 block of Wyanoke Road, in the Pen Lucy neighborhood. Northern District police and medics responded. Deadre Jackson, a 22-year-old African-American man, from the 700 block of Lennox Street, was pronounced deat at 5:22 p.m. The other two men, aged 21 and 36, were in critical and stable condition, respectively, according to police.

Saturday, Nov. 16

12:12 a.m. Raymond Gordon, a 31-year-old African-American man, was on the 900 block of Watson Street, just a couple blocks east of the Shot Tower, in the Jonestown neighborhood. Southeast District police found him outside with a gunshot wound to the torso, and he died at a hospital a half-hour later. Gordon lived on the west side, on the 1500 block of North Carey Street, police said.

9:49 p.m. Two men were at the intersection of Ramsay and South Calhoun streets in the Mount Clare Junction neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore when someone shot them. Devon Butler, a 26-year-old African-American man, was hit in the upper body. He died soon after at a hospital. He lived a few blocks away on South Vincent Street.

Sunday, Nov. 17

10:44 a.m. Twelve hours and 2 miles from the last murder, a man walking out of an alley on the 1300 block of North Longwood Street in the Rosemont neighborhood was gunned down. Kennard Buckner, a 22-year-old African-American man, whose last known address was the 300 block of Streeper Street, was walking when assailants drove up in a burgundy Ford Expedition. The front passenger got out, shot Buckner, and jumped back in the truck, which made a U-turn before going right on Belmont Avenue, according to police. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told a reporter for The Sun that the murder appeared to be gang-related.

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