Progress on the homicide front is hard to celebrate in Baltimore, but as of Christmas this year—when one person was murdered, rather than two on Christmas Day in 2013—there’d been 207 murders, down appreciably from 232 last year. Also this week, a nonfatal police-involved shooting, the first since June: Police say a masked burglary suspect holding something “shiny” in his hands refused to comply with orders, so he was shot in the chest on Monument Street in East Baltimore at 4:35 a.m. on Dec. 28.
Monday, Dec. 22
2:46 p.m. Police arrived at the 2000 block of Denison Street near the western end of North Avenue to find Lorne Stockton, a 32-year-old African-American man, shot in the chest at least once. He died later at a hospital, where he had been transported. Stockton, who police say lived on Parkwood Avenue near Druid Hill Park, previously made the news when he was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a CVS pharmacy in Landsdowne during Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, Dec. 25
1:50 a.m. Herson Hernandez, 29 years old, was found by police lying in the street in the 3800 block of South Hanover Street in Brooklyn. He’d been stabbed in the chest at least once, and later died after being transported to a hospital. Police did not say where he lived.
Sunday, Dec. 28
2:10 a.m. Police responding to a report of a shooting arrived at the 2300 block of McCulloh Street, near North Avenue, to find a 24-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. Police have not yet identified the victim, who died at a hospital where he had been transported.