Murder Ink: 4/1/15

City Paper

After a week with only a single killing, the pace picked up immediately. Three people were murdered in Baltimore in the two days after last week’s Murder Ink went to press. Three more were killed later in the week and the five reported nonfatal shootings kept tensions high. During a traffic stop a police officer fired his weapon but hit no one after the suspect allegedly rammed a patrol car. The department announced the arrest of a suspect in one of the murders. Last year by this date there were four fewer homicides reported.

Monday, March 23

9:16 p.m. Daniel Brooks, a 33-year-old African-American man, was shot at least once while on the corner of Pennsylvania and Fulton avenues in the Penn North neighborhood. Police found him there; medics took him to a hospital and he died there. Brooks was about five blocks from his residence on the 2500 block of Francis Street when he was shot.

10:09 p.m. Less than an hour later and just over a mile down Fulton Street, Sterling Day, a 22-year-old African-American man, was shot with another man near the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and North Monroe Street, on the border of the Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park neighborhoods. Day, who police say lived six miles away on the 1500 block of Winston Avenue, died soon after. Police found the other man, 19 years old and shot in the shoulder, on the 1900 block of Harlem Avenue about a block from the shooting. Police say they don’t have a description of the suspect and are looking for witnesses.

Tuesday, March 24

1:45 p.m. Jarrell Hicks, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot multiple times on the 3300 block of West Caton Avenue, in the Carroll-South Hilton neighborhood. It happened less than two and a half miles southwest from and a day after the last murder. He died soon after at a hospital. He had a 6-year-old son.

Wednesday, March 25

1:50 p.m. Victor Gwaltney, a 20-year-old African-American man, was one of two men shot while on the 4100 block of 10th Street. The other man, 26 years old, was shot in the torso but was released from the hospital soon after. Gwaltney died on Saturday, March 28. The next day, police announced they had arrested Donnell Walker, a 19-year-old African-American man, and charged him with murder and attempted murder along with related gun charges. Police say Walker shot Gwaltney “multiple times in the head and torso” before firing into a group, hitting the other man.

6:45 p.m. Andre Robinson, a 23-year-old African-American man, was on the 4500 block of Parkton Street when someone shot him multiple times. Police came; an ambulance took Robinson to a hospital where he died soon after. This murder happened a mile and a half southwest of the one the day before, in the Yale Heights neighborhood near the city line. Robinson’s is the fifth homicide in that neighborhood since 2009. Police say he lived on the 2500 block of Pratt Street, about two miles east of where he was killed.

Friday, March 27

3:31 p.m. Travis Dixon, a 27-year-old African-American man, was near his residence on the 2200 block of Chelsea Terrace when, police say, he got into an altercation and was stabbed multiple times. He died there. Chelsea Terrace borders the Garwyn Oaks and Windsor Hills neighborhoods.

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