Murder Ink: 18 murders this week, 168 murders this year

The week began and ended with killings as a triple homicide on Tuesday (plus two other murders) was followed on Wednesday by the police commissioner’s replacement. Seven more murders occurred from Friday to Sunday morning. On Sunday at 2:30 p.m. the department announced a 5:30 press conference where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and interim Commissioner Kevin Davis unveiled a “war room” to coordinate crime-fighting strategies among the police department, federal agencies, and the State’s Attorney’s Office. Three more shootings—and three more murders—followed the announcement. City Paper cannot find another seven day period with even close to 18 homicides reported in our nine years of data.

Tuesday, July 7

Police announced that John F. Davis, a 48-year-old African-American man who had been shot on June 30 at 12:32 a.m., had died from his injuries. He was shot in the head outside his home on the 800 block of Seagull Avenue, which faces Cherry Hill Park.

8:15 p.m. Eric Renard Forrester, a 41-year-old African-American man, was on the 300 block of North Hilton Street in Allendale when someone shot him in the chest. Police arrived and medics got him to a hospital where he died. He lived about a quarter mile away on the 300 block of North Grantley, police say.

10:37 p.m. Two hours later and three miles due east, on the 900 block of West Fayette Street, three people were killed and another was wounded by gunfire in an incident involving multiple suspects and, police say, two vans. Jacqueline Parker, a 53-year-old African-American woman from the 1000 block of West Baltimore Street, Gerald Thompson, a 34-year-old African-American man who lived on the 900 block of West Fayette Street, and Lamont Randall, a 39-year-old African-American man who resided on the 2300 block of Aiken Street, all died. A woman who showed up at a hospital with a bullet in her buttocks is expected to survive. Police said one van was white, the other burgundy in color, but have released no details about how the vehicles were involved in the carnage. The police stress that the University of Maryland, whose campus borders the Poppleton redevelopment district where the shooting happened, has no connection to the violence and that “this was not a random act of violence but a targeted incident.” They say three or four suspects were involved.

10:55 p.m. Antonio Anderson Jr., a 25-year-old African-American man, was at or near his residence on the 1500 block of Sherwood Avenue in the Loch Raven neighborhood when someone stabbed him in the chest. Police say he walked into a hospital where he died.

Wednesday, July 8

1:20 p.m. Gary Jackson, a 21-year-old African-American man, was near the corner of North Fulton Avenue and West Lanvale Street in the Harlem Park neighborhood when someone shot him multiple times in the neck and torso. Police found him on the 1700 block of West Lanvale and he died at a hospital soon after. Jackson had resided on the 3700 block of Chesterfield Avenue, according to police.

Thursday, July 9

8:46 p.m. A 31-year-old man, who police have not yet identified publicly, was shot in the head and the hand while on the 3400 block of Chesterfield Avenue in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. Police found him and he was taken to a hospital, where he hung on in grave condition until Sunday, when he died.

Friday, July 10

2:33 a.m. Tyrell Hardy, a 22-year-old African-American man, was on the 1200 block of North Woodington Road, at the edge of Gwynns Falls Park in Edmondson Village, when someone shot him in the head. He made it to a hospital but homicide detectives were called immediately. Police announced Hardy’s death the next day. Hardy resided on the 2500 block of Winchester Street, about two miles east of where he was killed.

3:38 p.m. Darrius Johnson, a 19-year-old African-American man, was with another young man on the 5100 block of Park Heights Avenue when someone shot them both. Johnson was hit in the head. He died at a hospital within a few minutes of the police’s initial report. His last known address was on the 4300 block of Ridgehill Avenue, about three miles south of where he was killed. The other man was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.

Saturday, July 11

2:26 a.m. A 40-year-old man who police have not yet identified publicly was shot multiple times while on the 1800 block of North Durham Street in the Broadway East neighborhood. He died soon after at a hospital.

9:53 p.m. An 18-year-old man whose name police have not released was shot multiple times in the body and head while on the 4300 block of East Wabash Avenue in the Towanda-Grantley neighborhood. He died soon after at a hospital.

Sunday, July 12

2:32 a.m. Police found a 29-year-old man shot multiple times in the back on the 1800 block of East Federal Street. The man, who police have not yet identified publicly, died soon after at a hospital. This happened about two blocks from the spot where the 40-year-old man was shot down 24 hours before.

6:55 a.m. Four hours later and about 11 blocks away, a man and a woman were shot in the neck on the 2100 block of East Eager Street, in the Middle East neighborhood. The 33-year-old man, who police have not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, 35 years old and also not further identified, was taken to a hospital and died later.

10:31 p.m. A man the police have not yet identified was shot in the head while on the 1200 block of North Caroline Street, in the Oliver neighborhood north of Madison Square Park, Baltimore Police tweeted.

Monday, July 13

12:08 p.m. A man the police have not yet identified publicly was shot in the head while on the 800 block of North Belnord Avenue, in the Madison-Eastend neighborhood. He died there.

12:20 p.m. A man police have not yet identified publicly was shot multiple times on the 3400 block of Cardenas Avenue in Belair-Edison. He is dead. Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

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