Murder Ink: 5 murders this week; 262 murders this year

Five more murders keep Baltimore above a 300-per-year pace.

Five more murders keep Baltimore above a 300-per-year pace. Five people were nonfatally stabbed at Jimmy's Famous Seafood, the second case of violence at that place in just over a year. Alvin Purcell Wells was gunned down after a class reunion there last September. Police also made several handgun arrests and a murder arrest last week.

Monday, Oct. 5

10:50 p.m. James Anderson, a 23-year-old African-American man, was in the alley behind the 2700 block of Tivoly Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the head and body. Police and medics found him there, and he died soon after at a hospital.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

10:40 a.m. A bicyclist riding through the woods near the 1400 block of Horners Lane behind the Northeast Baptist Church in Armistead Gardens found a dead man with "visible signs of trauma." Police have not yet identified the victim publicly.

9:30 p.m. Eugene Nesbit, a 43-year-old African-American man, was sitting in a car on the 1400 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Upton when someone shot him in the head. He died. Police are looking for witnesses and anyone with information.

Thursday, Oct. 8

2:00 p.m. Keon Smith, a 26-year-old African-American man, was on the 1300 block of West North Avenue, where the Penn North and Druid Heights neighborhoods meet, when someone shot him in the chest. Medics got him to a hospital where he died. Smith lived on the 3000 block of Janice Avenue, according to police.

Sunday, Oct. 11

11:45 p.m. Tabitha Holtman, a 25-year-old Caucasian woman from the 4900 block of Brookwood Road, was with a 17-year-old boy on the 1600 block of Church Street in Curtis Bay when someone came up from behind and started shooting. Both ran and both were hit. The boy was grazed by a bullet, and Holtman was shot multiple times in the back. She died.

UPDATE

Police arrested Saiquan White and Shaquilla Boykins and charged them with the Sept. 30 murder of Deyquawn Cooper in a house on the 1800 block of Penrose Avenue. Police found Cooper, 21, on the living-room floor of the house suffering from a gunshot wound. He died soon after.

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