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Murder Ink

Murders this Week: 6; Murders this Year: 39

With six homicides, Baltimore City had its most murderous week of 2012, putting the homicide tally as of March 26 at two higher than on the same date in 2011.

Monday, March 19

8:35 p.m. Dominic Thornton, a 37-year-old African-American man, was discovered sitting in the driver’s seat of a car that had run up onto the curb in the 6400 block of East Pratt Street and was resting against a chain-link fence. Thornton was shot in the upper torso and extremities and died before he could be taken to a hospital. He was driving in the block when a silver van pulled up alongside him. A passenger in the van opened fire on Thornton, shooting him several times. Thornton’s car drifted backward onto the curb and the silver van drove away headed west.

Tuesday, March 20

9:30 p.m. Dexter Jones, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot in the right side in the 1800 block of Ashburton Street near Coppin State University. Police officers in the area allegedly saw Guy Thomas, a 22-year-old African-American man, run from the scene and throw away a weapon. The officers were able to recover the weapon and arrested Thomas about four blocks away in the 2600 block of Baker Street. Jones died at an area hospital at 10:15 p.m.

11:04 p.m. Ronnell Chaney, a 20-year-old African-American man, was walking with a friend in the 500 block of East 21st Street when two or three people came out of a vacant lot across the street and started shooting at Chaney. His friend was able to take cover and was not hit. Chaney was shot in the head. He was taken to a city hospital where he died the next day. This is the ninth murder in the Eastern Police District this year, which continues to be the most murderous—and smallest—police district in the city.

Wednesday, March 21

11:30 p.m. Jonathan Hutchinson, a 24-year-old African-American man, was at a friend’s house near the 1600 block of Traction Street in Penn North. Hutchinson went outside. A friend heard gunshots and went to look for Hutchinson. The friend found him shot in the head. Hutchinson was taken to an area hospital where he died at 12:39 a.m. This is the second murder in Penn North this year.

Saturday, March 24

11:12 p.m. A woman was at home in the 800 block of West Fayette Street near the University of Maryland Baltimore campus when she heard several gunshots. She went outside and found her son Rodrick Burden, an 18-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk shot in the head and body. He died at a nearby hospital at 11:52 p.m.

Sunday, March 25

10:06 p.m. Adam Robinson, a 26-year-old African-American man, was at home in the 4100 block of Idaho Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. He heard the doorbell and went onto his porch where he was shot repeatedly. His family dragged Robinson back inside and called 911. Robinson was taken to a city hospital where he died at 11:20 p.m.

Updates

An arrest was made in the March 4 murder of Terrence Joyner, a 42-year-old African-American man. Joyner was shot in the chest in the 4500 block of Marble Hall Road in New Northwood. Marc Mitchell, a 22-year-old African-American man, was arrested on March 22.

On March 23, Michael Harrod, a 43-year-old African-American man, was convicted of murdering his wife Gloria Harrod, a 47-year-old African-American woman. Michael Harrod told a family member on June 26, 2010, that he had suffocated and beat his wife to death earlier that week. Gloria Harrod’s mother and brother found her decomposing body in her bed in her home in the 5200 block of St. Charles Avenue.

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