Published: March 23, 2011
Murders this Week: 4
Murders this Year: 35
As of March 21, the city no longer has fewer homicides than at the same time in 2010. However, comparing this year’s numbers to previous years illustrates a marked decline overall. As of March 21, 2009, there were 47 homicides compared to 35 this year. In 2007, there were 64.
Thursday, March 17
8:58 p.m. Brandon Carter, a 29-year-old African-American man, and a 21-year-old African-American man were inside a carryout in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Two men entered the restaurant and opened fire on them. The 21-year-old was hit in the right leg; his injuries were not life-threatening. Carter was shot in the neck and died at a local hospital less than an hour later. This is the fourth murder at a business this year.
Friday, March 18
9:30 p.m. Darshewn Freeman, a 44-year-old African-American man, walked into an alley behind the 1200 block of West Ostend Street with another person. He was subsequently found in the alley bleeding from the head. Freeman died at a local hospital the next morning. Police have not yet received an official cause of death from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but it is believed he died from blunt force trauma to the head. This is the second murder in Washington Village, better known as Pigtown, this year.
Saturday, March 19
1:50 a.m. Angelo Fitzgerald, a 23-year-old African-American man, and two other African-American men in their early 20s were outside an apartment building in the 300 block of McMechen Street in Bolton Hill. Two people came up to the group and shot at them. All three were hit. Fitzgerald was hit multiple times and died at a local hospital at 2:30 a.m. The other two men survived. This is the first homicide in the Central police district this year.
Sunday, March 20
2:23 a.m. David McClaughlin Jr., a 24-year-old African-American man, arrived at St. Agnes Hospital with numerous stab wounds to his torso and arms. He was transferred to another hospital where he died at 5:01 a.m. McClaughlin was at a gas station in the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in the 4500 block of Edmondson Avenue when a group of people attacked him. During the melee, he was stabbed.
On Mar. 15, D’Lana Simmons, a 35-year-old African-American woman, was declared “not criminally responsible” for the death of her aunt Cecelia Mitchell, a 66-year-old African-American woman, according to The Baltimore Sun. Simmons hit Mitchell nearly 60 times with a club used for locking a steering wheel on Sept. 17, 2010. Simmons has since been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, according to the Sun, and is believed to have been hallucinating at the time of the attack, causing her to view her aunt as “a demon she had to kill.” Simmons has been committed to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center.
On Mar. 18, Marvin Warner, a 24-year-old African-American man, was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 45 years for murder and burglary. Warner shot Mark Johnson, a 31-year-old African-American man, in the head while in a car in the 3200 block of West Lexington Street on Oct. 13, 2009. Warner also stole money and other items from the car.
Patric Glasco, a 24-year-old African-American man, was arrested on March 20 for the murder of Martez Hall, a 22-year-old African-American man. Hall was shot through a window in his home on Feb. 16. Glasco is also being charged with two counts of attempted murder because Hall’s girlfriend and 7-month-old son were in the house at the time.
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