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Murders this Week: 4; Murders this Year: 43

A death stemming from a January beating has been added to the homicide rolls this week. On Jan. 3 police were called to the 3000 block of Baker Street in Rosemont for a baby who was not breathing. Aaron Evans, a 3-month-old African-American boy, was discovered with no pulse and trauma to his forehead. He was taken to a city hospital where he was resuscitated and placed in the pediatric intensive-care unit in critical condition. He was not expected to survive. Evans died on March 24. Evans’ father Myron Evans, an 18-year-old African-American man, was arrested on Feb. 13 and charged with child abuse, assault, and reckless endangerment. His charges may be amended in light of his son’s death. Aaron Evans is the first infant and the fourth juvenile murdered this year.

The city also saw two fatal police-involved shootings this week, the first this year. Police received a call at 9:38 a.m. on March 27 from someone in the 2500 block of West Coldspring Lane. The person said that someone in the home was armed and going to do something crazy. When officer Michael Gordon, a 25-year-old Caucasian police officer who has been on the force for almost seven years, went to the door he was met by Sheron Jackson, a 21-year-old African-American man. Jackson allegedly had a knife and confronted Gordon. Gordon shot Jackson three times. Jackson was taken to an area hospital where he died at 10:35 a.m. A knife was recovered.

The second police-involved shooting fatality occurred on the morning of March 31. At around 11:15 a.m., police arrived at a home in the 2500 block of Brookfield Avenue in Reservoir Hill for a domestic disturbance complaint, according to The Baltimore Sun. The suspect, George Wells, a 29-year-old African-American man, fled the scene and was spotted in the 2400 block of Callow Avenue, according to WBAL. He drew a knife, at which point officer Jethro Estavien fired one round. Wells was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. Estavien has been an officer for 14 months and works in the Central police district; he has not been involved in any prior shootings.

According to Murder Ink’s records, the 2012 homicide tally is now at 43. The police department’s tally is 44; the source of the discrepancy was unclear as of press time.

Tuesday, March 27

12:52 a.m. Tyree Cypress, a 19-year-old African-American man, was shot repeatedly in the upper body and head in the rear alley of the 6200 block of Pioneer Drive near Mount Pleasant Park. He died before he could be taken to the hospital.

Friday, March 30

11:06 p.m. Police received a call about a shooting and found Chauncey Hardy, a 59-year-old African-American man, lying unresponsive on the ground in the 900 block of Valley Street near the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and Madison Street in the Eastern police district. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died at 11:49 p.m.

Sunday, April 1

7:26 p.m. Police received a call about a shooting and found Marcus Williams, a 29-year-old African-American man, inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of East 27th Street also in the Eastern police district. He had been shot multiple times in his body. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died half an hour later.

Update

Jason Hamel, a 32-year-old Caucasian man, was arrested on March 27 and charged with the murder of Keyva Bluitt, a 35-year-old African-American man. Bluitt was shot in the chest inside a car in the 800 block of Battery Avenue on June 20, 2008. The car stopped and Bluitt was rolled out onto the street and the car drove away. Hamel was arrested by homicide detectives from the cold-case squad.

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